Good, Gone Gross: The Three G’s From Saturday’s Game Against Boston
As we wrap up a week in which Wash stated he would prefer to get another bullpen piece before the trade deadline (https://twitter.com/jimbowdenespnxm/status/464093439848488960), Aaron Poreda and Shawn Tolleson showed up and pitched very well Saturday night. Poreda has yet to allow a run in his 8.1 innings of work, potentially giving the Rangers another lefty option to go along with Neal Cotts. Shawn Tolleson has had his struggles early on this season, but his 2 innings of no-hit and one BB pitching has to be encouraging for Wash and JD.
The Gone: Elvis’s Beard and Possibly His Slump
Elvis got rid of the beard after a 4-hit night, which seems like the opposite of what most players would do. However, he went out Saturday night and posted two more hits and stretched his hitting streak to 7 games, a stat that had escaped my notice until just now. During these 7 games his slash line has gone from .217/.283/.287 to a much more respectable .255/.318/.340, while also mixing in 3 walks against only 2 strike outs, which is a welcome sight. With Choo still getting on base at a ridiculous rate, Elvis returning to form can certainly help the top of the lineup and give Fielder, Beltre and Rios a multitude of opportunities to knock in runs.
The Gross: Martin Perez
Gross is probably too strong of a word, but his last 3 outings have not been pretty. His start against Boston Saturday night was the shortest of the season for Perez, going just 3.2 innings while allowing 9 hits and 6 earned runs. Expectations for the young lefty were bloated by his two complete game shutouts earlier on in the season, but pitches like this one are going to get punished frequently by good hitters. The fact of the matter is that Perez is better than he’s shown in these last three starts, but he’s not going to go out and throw complete game shutouts every game either. His ability rests somewhere in the middle and Rangers fans should be okay with that being the case.