Is It Time To Bring Up Martin Perez?

Outside of the bullpen, and maybe A.J. Pierzynski (.328/.368/.516 in June), it has been a miserable month in Texas.

The offense has posted a collective slash of .230/.301/.372 over the span of 18 games in the month of June.  And while it would be easy to blame the 6-12 June record on the offense, that isn’t the only reason that the Rangers’ starting rotation had not notched a win since May…..until last night.

Going into last night, the rotation of Darvish-Holland-Tepesch-Grimm (with 1 start from Ogando, and 2 from Lindblom) has combined for 5.60 ERA over 98 innings, good for the 2nd worst ERA for a rotation over that span of any team in Major League Baseball.

Tepesch and Grimm, who came into this month a combined 8-7, 3.91 ERA over 18 starts, have been particularly shaky.  After two solid months of contributing to the club, the two have now combined for an 0-4 record in the month of June and an ERA of 8.76 and climbing, not including last night’s game.

Rewind back to March.  Coming into Spring Training, did you expect either of these guys to be members of the rotation in June?  Even after Tepesch made the rotation, did anybody foresee a scenario that included him sticking in the rotation until July?

You can’t predict ball, and you can’t predict injuries.  Josh Lindblom was moved into the rotation in Round Rock in an effort to help him get stretched out – not to fill an emergency starter role.  In April, it looked as if Colby Lewis would be rejoining the staff in June, right after Martin Perez came back from his broken arm suffered during Spring Training.

Well, it’s June 20, and Martin Perez is over his broken arm.  He’s started four games this month for AAA Round Rock, earning a win in all four starts while posting a 1.13 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.

With Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, and Alexi Ogando on the DL battling injuries, can the Rangers really afford to keep their 22 year old lefty in AAA while Nick Tepesch (whose place in the rotation currently mirrors that of Martin’s) struggles to adjust as scouting reports begin to catch up with him?

With the way that the offense has been performing, it almost does not matter how badly the staff has performed – with no support, even Yu Darvish can’t win games – but while we can reasonably expect the bats to wake up, can we reasonably expect that Nick Tepesch will return to his early-season form?

Robert Pike is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at or on Twitter @Bob_Pike
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