Marin Perez missed more than half of the 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and in his first few starts, he was a mere shadow of his former self. He was in much better form over the final two months of the season, posting a 3.38 ERA over 11 starts. Perez was superb at inducing ground balls, and he allowed only three home runs over that stretch. He will be in the Rangers' rotation to begin 2016, and he should be a late-round target in deeper mixed leagues.
Perez will start Game 3 of the ALDS, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Perez will take the mound against Blue Jays' starter Marco Estrada in what could amount to a pivotal matchup in Game 3. While the rest of the playoff rotation hasn't been confirmed, it wouldn't be a surprise to see either Game 1 starter Yovani Gallardo or Game 2 starter Cole Hamels make an appearance if the series extends into Game 4 and 5.
Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez did not factor into the decision in Friday's loss to the Angels, allowing a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings. Perez had struggled to find his form since returning to the mound in July following Tommy John surgery. He has since shaken off the rust a bit in his last four outings, logging a 2.25 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, albeit with a mediocre 6.00 K/9. Given the 1.42 ERA and 0.92 WHIP he posted in his first five starts of last season, Perez may be a young arm to keep an eye on in 2016.
Rangers pitcher Martin Perez was saddled with his sixth loss of the season Sunday against the Astros, despite allowing just two runs (none earned) with six strikeouts and one walk in six innings. The left-hander made one of his best starts of the last two months, but Texas couldn't generate enough offense against Dallas Keuchel to make his effort stand up. Perez has endured some rocky performances of late, but he has now thrown four quality starts in his last six outings and will make his final start of the regular season Friday against the Angels.
Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez (3-5) navigated through seven innings against the Astros on Wednesday, working around nine hits and a walk to allow just one run. He struck out three in the blowout win. Perez continues to miss bats at an abysmally low rate, but once in a while, he turns out surprisingly effective outings like this. And this was a big one against the Astros, whom the Rangers now lead by 1 1/2 games in the AL West. Perhaps the extra rest did Perez good, as he went a week between starts.
Rangers starter Martin Perez blew a lead, got it back and received a boost from the bullpen to earn a win over Baltimore on Saturday night. Perez gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to snag his second win of the season. He walked none and whiffed four. A three-run, four-hit fifth inning that began with a Steve Pearce blast turned a 3-0 lead into a tie. He retired the next five batters, but successive singles in the sixth knocked him out of the game. Perez has given up just 11 runs over his last 32 2/3 innings and has lowered his ERA to a still-poor 5.15.