The Texas Rangers have decided to skip Martin Perez in the rotation. Theyorganization wants him to work on some issues and they believe he could be tipping his pitches.
Pitching coach Doug Brocail and Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister believe Martin Perez is tipping his pitches. In his last four starts Perez is 0-4 with a 9.41 ERA, and he desperately needs a break.
The Rangers want to push back Perez so that he can work on his mechanics, and hopefully turn around his season. Banister has decided to go with Andrew Cashner and A.J. Griffin in their two-game series against the Mets.
Perez allowed seven runs in less than 5 innings to the Twins in his last start. Skipping him in the rotation means Perez won’t start again until Saturday at the earliest. This will hopefully give Perez time to work out the issues.
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According to T.R. Sullivan, Perez said he could be tipping his pitches after watching video of Friday’s loss to Minnesota. Perez said he could tell the difference where his hands were when throwing a fastball and then off-speed.
Pitching coach Doug Brocail believes the problem could be more than just tipping pitches. In his last start Perez threw too many pitches in the middle of the zone. His lack of command in the strike zone could end up costing him a spot in the rotation.
This season Perez is 5-10 with a 5.46 ERA in 21 starts. His ERA is the second-highest among qualifying American League starters this season. It’s gone from bad to worse for Perez, but hopefully this is the turning point.
The Rangers have a team option for Perez the next three years. His performance in the second half of the season could determine if he’s with the Rangers next season. Hopefully Perez can fix these issues and turn around his season.