The Rangers are going to test Martin Perez against an Oakland team that has been hitting pretty well of late (and hits exceptionally well against the Rangers). He gets his first start tonight in the big leagues after going 5-5 in AAA with a 4.59 ERA. He has a penchant for getting in trouble early in the game, and in his one appearance with the big league club, he gave up 4 runs, 1 earned, in 2/3 of an inning against the Tigers.
I believe this makes the third time a Ranger pitcher has made his first MLB start this year. Of course the first was Yu Darvish who was solidified into the starting rotation before the season started. Since then Justin Grimm has had two outings going 1-1 with an 11.57 ERA. And now, Martin. This all is due to the Rangers losing Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, and Derek Holland to the disabled list, and Ron Washington’s somewhat surprising insistence on keeping Robbie Ross (6-0, 1.08 ERA) in the bullpen. Ross has been one of the most consistent Ranger pitchers all year, and I would love to see him get an opportunity to start.
Holland threw three innings at AAA Round Rock on Wednesday. He only gave up 1 run on a homerun by Dayton Buller. Otherwise he pitched well, giving up only 3 hits in the 3 innings. He will start on Monday at Round Rock and a decision to activate him with the Rangers will be made after that. Right now it looks like they are planning to let him make his Monday start at AAA and then one more before bringing him back up.