Martin Perez is coming a wild 2017 season. This season he was on a mission to rectify a disappointing and mediocre 2016 season where he finished 10-11. While 2017 wasn’t much different, it certainly was better. The Texas Rangers decided to keep him for at least one more season.
Martin Perez finished this season 13-12. His first winning season since 2014. This season was quite a thriller, however. In early August, Perez was 5-10, however, he was able to work his way into a seven-game winning streak, breaking his previous record of six straight wins, establishing a new career-record. No doubt, the Texas Rangers had second thoughts on their previous intention of letting Perez go at the end of the season.
Perez’s 8-3 record in the last two months of the regular season is impressive. So impressive the Rangers decided to keep him for at least one more season, so they picked up his option for 2018, according to TR Sullivan.
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Perez, 26, has not been the same since he underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2014. Since his return in 2015, Perez’s career has been a roller coaster. Since his return from surgery, his record is 26-29.
When Perez takes the mound anything can happen. No doubt, his seven-game winning streak is shocking as nobody thought he was capable of such an achievement. 2017 was a turn of events for Perez. In early May, he was 1-5 and went on a 4-1 run only to then go on a four-game losing streak where he found himself 5-10. Then the turnaround happened.
2017 was a turn of events for Perez. In early May, he was 1-5 and went on a 4-1 run only to then go on a four-game losing streak where he found himself 5-10. Perez picked himself off the ground and found a way to keep standing. His efforts convinced the Rangers to keep him.
In 2018, Perez will need to do the same thing. He’s going to have to step on the mound, pitch well, and give the Rangers a reason to pick his option for 2019.