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Nick Martinez looking to build for 2015

7/29/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas – The next two months of the 2014 season is about the 2015 season.

For 23-year old Texas Rangers starter Nick Martinez, it’s about proving to the front office that he deserves a chance to fight for a rotation spot next spring.

He’s got to show the Rangers brass he can be consistent and that he's better than the pitcher who has gone 1-6 with a 4.73 ERA this season. Martinez is 1-5 as a starter, with the lone win coming May 24 in Detroit.

On Tuesday night, Martinez will try to build off his last outing against the Yankees. In his last start July 22 in the Bronx, Martinez shut out the Yankees over 5 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out three and walking one.

For Martinez, who was making his first start since a stint on the disabled list because of with discomfort in his left side, it's another opportunity to show what he can do.

“Just finish strong, show that I can pitch deep in some ballgames and get myself out of trouble when I limit big innings and continue to give my team a chance to win and go into next year,” Martinez said. “I still have to prove myself. As long as I come back, learn from this year and show that I’ve learned going into the spring and I’m able to apply it, I think I have a shot.”

The front office will be taking a close look at its staff heading into 2015, with pitching is a major concern behind ace Yu Darvish. No. 2 starter Derek Holland will have a rehab start Wednesday as he recovers from microfracture surgery. Matt Harrison is out after back surgery. Martin Perez had Tommy John surgery. And veteran Colby Lewis has compiled a 6-8 record with a 6.23 ERA this season coming off hip surgery.

The opportunity is there for Martinez to make his case for a rotation spot in 2015.

“I want to attack hitters and establish my fastball,” he said of his plan against the Yankees. “Change speeds and try to repeat what I did last time.”