It may be time to accept that this is who Martin Perez is. For years Rangers fans have wondered if Perez was ever going to blossom into the top of the rotation pitcher that he once showed potential of being.
Over the past couple of seasons Perez’s walks per nine and FIP have skyrocketed while his strikeouts per nine have taken a dip.
Perez walked 19 batters in April, the most in all of baseball, his 39 hits given up were the fourth most.
He’s given up more baserunners than anyone in baseball and continuously finds himself in high leverage situations because of it.
Perez faced 72 batters with runners on base, the most in the month of April. His five runs given up in high leverage situations was the fifth most.
Because of his command issues and his proneness to allowing baserunners, Perez has yet to make it past the sixth inning. In fact, he’s only logged six innings twice in six starts. This is disheartening coming from a pitcher who logged nearly 200 innings a season ago.