The loss of Matt Harrison means one thing: Martin Perez must elevate. News broke earlier that Harrison would be officially shut down this season. Like most Rangers fans I was hoping to see him back in the rotation sometime before the playoffs. Harrison, the opening day starter, has been out virtually the entire year and was hoping to make it back by early September. Now – he’s not coming back.
Matt Harrison was expected to do great things in 2013. He was going to build on his 18 win season from last year and team with Yu Darvish to form a very solid duo at the top of the rotation. Instead he has been a non-factor. After suffering from a herniated disk he underwent 2 surgeries and was placed on the DL. He was just starting to battle back when the plug was pulled.
Long-term it seems like the smart thing to do. But long-term thinking is far from most minds amidst this close playoff race. Instead of a top 4 rotation of Darvish, Garza, Holland, and Harrison heading into the playoffs it looks like Ogando and Perez will be fighting for the fourth spot. That’s a big difference from Matt Harrison.
Ogando is being given the opportunity but frankly he belongs in the bullpen. No bold statement there. It seems everyone except the Rangers think he should be in the bullpen. Time is running out and when all is said and done I expect to see Ogando contributing in the bullpen and Perez entrenched as the 4th starter.
Perez holds great potential and he has looked pretty sharp as of late. If he can continue his growth he could be the key to success in the postseason if/when the Rangers decide the playoff rotation (assuming the Rangers go with 4 per series of course).
Colby Lewis is out.
Matt Harrison is out.
Ogando is miscast
The time for Martin Perez to shine - is now.
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