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When the Rangers learned that they would be without both Matt Harrison and Derek Holland in their rotation for a significant part of this season, they placed the responsibility on young Martin Perez to carry the load as the team's No. 2 starter behind Yu Darvish.
At the time I thought that was a bit too much to ask of a 23-year-old who had just 26 major league starts under his belt. But early on, Perez proved myself and any other skeptics out there wrong.
He started the season going 4-0 and was absolutely lights out. He's already pitched back-to-back complete game, three-hit shutouts. The first came on April 18 against the Chicago White Sox in Arlington, Texas, and then Perez followed that with a particularly masterful performance in his next start against the A's—who were hot at the time—in Oakland, Calif.
But after consecutive performances like that, things could really only get worse. And they did—Perez was hit hard in his next two outings, against the A's at home and then on Monday night against the Rockies in Colorado.
The point here: We're seeing flashes of brilliance from Perez. But it's important that the fans not expect remarkable starts from him every time out. He's still going to take his lumps every now and then, and he probably needs to add a cutter or some other late-breaking pitch to his arsenal.
Overall though, he's 4-2 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Keep it going kid.