When Martin Perez takes the hill today at the O.co Coliseum for a series finale against the Oakland A's, he'll be looking to do a few things.
First off, he'll be looking to have another strong start to continue to build on what has been a fine start to what we all hope is his first full season as a big-leaguer. Secondly, he'll be looking to pitch a makeshift Rangers team to a three-game sweep of the team with the best record in the AL and give the Rangers that title. And finally, he'll be looking to extend his 17-inning scoreless streak after his complete-game shutout in his last outing against the Chicago White Sox and an 8-inning scoreless outing previous to that against lowly Houston.
To do so, he'll have to outpitch the A's own version of Perez — a young, promising pitcher with a 3-0 record and a sub-2.00 ERA.
Let's take a look at the tale of the tape for today's big pitching matchup featuring two of the game's best young pitchers.
Martin Perez: Age 23, 3-0 record, 1.86 ERA, 20 strikeouts, seven walks in 29 innings
Sonny Gray: Age 24, 3-0 record, 1.80 ERA, 23 strikeouts, nine walks in 25 innings
As you can see, Gray has struggled a bit more with his control than Perez, who has two three-walk outings on his ledger. Perez will need to be on point against a disciplined Oakland lineup. But something here has to give. The Rangers just hope it's Gray.