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Rangers pinning hopes on one of biggest ‘ifs’ in club history

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Imagine a four-man postseason rotation of Jacob deGrom, Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez and Jon Gray.

Perez, a lefty-hander, is in there to break up the hard-throwing right-handers. And he’s pretty good.

That is part of Plan A for the Rangers. Those four, but especially the righties, would make the Rangers a tough out in the postseason.

And, yes, the Rangers have postseason aspirations.

To get there, though, they need to something the pitchers in their projected 2023 rotation haven’t had of late: health.

That’s one of the biggest ‘ifs’ in club history.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. N P December 29, 2022

    Perez is trash. I agree he isn’t in the same league as deGom, Eovaldi, and Gray. I’d even put Heaney over Pérez due to K/BB concerns.

    1. Jeff Wilson December 29, 2022

      Anyone who has a 2.89 ERA and 196 1/3 innings isn’t trash.

    2. A Stephens December 31, 2022

      your comment is ridiculous and uncalled for. No human being should be referred to as, “trash”

      1. NP January 1, 2023

        A 4.71 ERA before this season and a 1.5 FIP in his career is “trash.” He has terrible strikeout to walk ratios, MLB Network showed he got a ridiculous amount of called strikes way outside the zone, and he still had a poor K/BB ratio. There is no way he is anything better than a back of the rotation guy or swing man. He was called “the second coming of Johan Santana,” and he was a bust. Now, he is the most overpaid player on the Rangers by far. I hate him for that and how the Rangers didn’t trade him, just to waste 20 million on him. I get his ERA one season was good, but that doesn’t predict the future. If umps start calling the zone properly and he doesn’t get really luck with double play balls, he is no better than a 3.75 ERA guy at best and a 5.25 ERA guy at his 20th percentile outcome. I stand by what I said. 1 season doesn’t change that much. If he has another season like this, I will take back what I said.

    3. jeffwygren@yahoo.com December 31, 2022

      You obviously haven’t watched the Rangers recently. Perez was an All-Star. People can get better dipshit.

  2. Monty W December 29, 2022

    I would like to see them re-sign Moore & get Fulmer as well.

    1. Jeff Wilson December 29, 2022

      It sounds like they’re not hopeful on Moore. Fulmer is an interesting name.

  3. Charles Neeley January 2, 2023

    Ideally Odoorizzi, Dunning and Otto get 20 starts? Yep, that is the rosiest of rose colored glasses. I would put the expected number north of 60 and 80 wouldn’t surprise me.


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