The Rangers entered this season with their rotation in tatters due to injuries, but they enter play on Thursday with the AL’s best record at 14-8. That’s thanks largely to the work of 23-year-old lefty Martin Perez, who is 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA and, more impressively, has not allowed a run in his last three starts.
His most recent gem came on Wednesday when he shut out the A’s in Oakland. In doing so, Perez became the first pitcher to toss back-to-back complete game shutouts since Cole Hamels in August 2012, and the first AL pitcher to do it since teammate Derek Holland in July 2011. Furthermore, he joins a very short list of pitchers to string together two shutouts while allowing three hits or fewer during the post-1992 expansion era: