“Am gonna do this for you” – Rangers’ Martin Pérez earns trust and finishes shutout against Astros

Martin Pérez was named the Rangers ‘surprise player’ by The Athletic earlier this week after a 2-2 start with a team-low 2.01 ERA entering Friday’s starts.

Martin Pérez
Martin Pérez

Martin Pérez delivered yet again while pitching against the Houston Astros as he carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning on Friday at Minute Maid Park. His impressive performance came less than a month after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against the same side at Globe Life Field.

Pérez had his third win of the season at the game’s end as the Texas Rangers defeated the Astros 3-0. He also had the Rangers’ first complete game of the 2022 Major League Baseball (MLB) season and ended up giving seven hits, no runs and a walk while striking out five. He threw 108 pitches, 73 of which were strikes.

I told him [Woodward], ‘You’re special [to] me and I’m gonna do this for you and for your family,’” Pérez said, as quoted by MLB.com. “I’m just going to thank God for giving me a chance to go out there and perform tonight for him. I’ve had a lot of coaches in my career. I can say he’s one of the best, one of the top of my list. I’m proud to be here and to share with him these moments.”

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“Pérez deserved that opportunity” 

Martin Pérez
Martin Pérez

Rangers manager Chris Woodward, who leapt massive praises for his team’s pitcher, jogged out to the mound to tell Pérez: “You got this.”

He deserved that opportunity,” Woodward said. “Those things don’t happen very often, a complete-game shutout. Maybe all the analytics will tell you to take him out right there, but he’s been so good for us. He’s built up a ton of trust in a short amount of time with me. So I felt like I owed it to him. In an age of ‘Follow the numbers,’ I felt like you follow your gut on that one. It could be special, and he did it.”

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