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May I present to you, your AL pitcher of the month in May……… Martin Perez (see what I did there) 

If before the season started I would have told you that there was a pitcher who has a .142 ERA with a WHIP of 0.932, you would have said “Wow Jacob DeGrom is having a really good start to his season”. 

Then if I would have told you that said pitcher was Martin Perez, you wouldn’t have believed me. 

Whether you would have believed it or not, Martin Perez has been the best pitcher in all of baseball throughout the first two months of the season. 

Perez is likely going to be named the AL Pitcher of the month for the month of May. The last time a Ranger won a pitcher of the month award was in June of 2012 when Matt Harrison took home the honors. 

Over his last 8 starts, Perez is undefeated, has allowed 0 home runs, and has allowed 1 or 0 earned runs each game. 

Everyone knows that Perez is unstoppable even his manager Chris Woodward who compared him to a video game character. Woody said, “It’s like MLB the show, you click the button and land it on the perfect and it throws it right where you want to and you know you’re gonna get the guy out”. 

Perez posted a 0.64 ERA and went undefeated in the month of May but let’s see how he got there. 

His month started in Philadelphia where the Rangers swept a short two-game set with the Phillies. Perez pitched on May 4th and took a no-decision. However, Perez went 7 innings allowing just 4 hits and 0 runs. The Rangers went on to win that game in extra innings. 

Then came his first home start of the month against the Royals. That was Perez’s first win of the month where we went 6.1 innings giving up 5 hits and 4 runs, although just 1 of them was earned. The Rangers would win 6-4 

Then came a showdown with his former team, The Boston Red Sox. Perez dominated his old foes, going 6 innings and allowing just 1 run. 

Next was his best game of the season to this point. Perez tossed a complete-game shutout against the interstate rivals the Houston Astros. Perez dedicated that game to third base coach Tony Beasley. Perez said “You (Beasley) are special to me and I’m gonna do this for you and your family. 

Perez then finished his month with two wins vs the A’s and the Rays. Both times out he went 7 innings giving 0 and 1 run respectively. Capping off one of the more impressive pitching months in franchise history. 

Say what you want about Martin Perez but he is having one of the best pitching stretches that we have seen in a long time. 

The Rangers certainly hope he can keep this up, and keep anchoring down the Rangers pitching staff.

 

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