Perez (7-2) earned the win over the Mets on Saturday, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four over 6.2 innings. Perez was tagged for two homers in the contest, but those were the only hits that produced any runs for the Mets. He continues to go deep into games regularly -- this was the 13th time in 16 starts this season that he has completed at least six innings. Perez has tallied 12 quality starts among those outings, tied for fourth in the majors. The veteran southpaw has been one of the game's most pleasant surprises on the mound this season, posting a 2.34 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 7-2 record over 100 innings.
Perez (5-2) earned the victory Tuesday over Philadelphia, striking out six in six scoreless innings while allowing six hits and three walks. While Perez held the Phillies scoreless, he was pitching around trouble all night. The lefty allowed baserunners in every inning but limited the offense to singles and walks. It was the 10th time in 13 starts that he allowed one earned run or fewer while pitching at least six innings. His next start will likely be early next week in Kansas City.
Perez allowed a run on eight hits and struck out five over seven innings in a no-decision versus the Tigers on Thursday. The lone run Perez gave up came on a Robbie Grossman sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Perez still gave up a few too many hits, but he was able to limit the damage in contrast to the seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits he gave up last Saturday against the White Sox. The southpaw has pitched to a 2.10 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 65:18 K:BB across 81.1 innings in 13 starts. He's projected for a home start versus the Phillies next week.
Perez escaped with a no-decision Saturday against the White Sox despite allowing seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits, striking out four while walking two. Perez owns a modest 20.0 percent strikeout rate, so the 1.56 ERA he carried into this start was always going to rise once the hits started falling. They fell early and often in this one, with the White Sox scoring twice in the second inning, three times in the fourth and twice more in the fifth. Perez also gave up just his second homer of the season, a two-run shot to Jake Burger. The outing raised his ERA by over half a run to 2.18 on the year and stands in stark contrast to the 0.88 ERA he posted across his last nine starts, serving as a reminder that this is a pitcher with a career 4.55 ERA we're talking about, not one who regularly finds himself in Cy Young contention. He'll try to get back on track next week in Detroit.
Perez allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six innings in a no-decision versus the Mariners on Sunday. Perez was solid, but the two runs against him were from Eugenio Suarez hits (solo home run, RBI single). The left-hander has now gone at least six innings in nine straight starts -- he continues to provide solid length, and this was the first time he's allowed multiple runs since May 10. Perez owns a sparkling 1.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 56:16 K:BB through 69.1 innings in 11 starts overall. He'll likely make his next start in Chicago against the White Sox next weekend.
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