It's hard to say a regular-season game is the biggest game of any pitcher's career, but for Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, Wednesday's game truly is that.
A win — Keuchel has 17 of them already — would put the Astros back in first place after they surrendered the AL West lead to Texas for the first time this year on Tuesday night. A loss would give the Rangers a little bit of a cushion and clinch a series victory with another meeting happening next weekend in Houston.
So yeah, it's a pretty big game. And yeah, it's the biggest game of Keuchel's career.
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But it's not the biggest game of young Martin Perez's career. The Rangers' lefty will toe the rubber against Keuchel on Wednesday with some big-game experience already under his belt.
If you remember, it was Perez who pitched Game 163 in 2013 with a trip to the AL Wild Card Game on the line. He lost that game to David Price, who was fantastic, but he wasn't bad for a 21-year-old kid in a huge game. Perez worked 5 1/3 innings that night and allowed three runs on four hits. He wasn't fantastic, but he was good enough to give his team a chance before they were ultimately outdone by a masterful performance.
The same thing might happen on Wednesday against Keuchel, but you can feel comfortable knowing the situation won't be too big for Perez.