Perez allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Monday against Oakland. Perez had lost three straight games entering Monday night and has now surrendered at least five runs in each of his past four starts. He has just six strikeouts in 21.2 innings over that span and has allowed a ridiculous 34 hits. He isn't fooling anybody right now, and he's going to have to figure out how to miss a bat before he can turn things around.
Perez (7-7) was ripped for seven runs on 10 hits and three walks over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Angels. He struck out just two en route to his third consecutive trouncing -- over the span of his last 15.2 innings, Perez has given up 24 runs (19 earned) while striking out just four batters and walking seven. The 25-year-old lefty's lack of strikeouts and excess of walks have finally caught up to him, as he was somehow holding an ERA in the mid-threes for a while, but is now up to 4.37, his highest mark of the year. His peripherals suggest things could very well get worse.
Perez (7-6) gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in Friday's 6-0 loss to the Cubs. He also recorded a strikeout. Perez pitched to plenty of contact, notching only a single swinging strike on the afternoon. The 25-year-old was fairly solid with his control, getting 18 first-pitch strikes on 27 of the batters he faced, but received no run support while giving up plenty of timely hits to the Cubs. The southpaw has now dropped two straight decisions, and will try to right the ship next Wednesday versus the Angels.
Perez will start the first game following the All-Star break, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports. Perez will have a tough initial assignment in Wrigley, but the short-week following the All-Star game usually represents limited opportunities to play the matchup game with your depth players.
Perez will lead off the Rangers' rotation in the second half next Friday in Chicago against the Cubs. Perez last pitched Wednesday when he allowed seven earned runs while taking the loss against Boston. It was his first loss after winning six straight decisions.