One of the most important units a baseball club must have is a strong starting rotation. The starting pitcher sets the tone and momentum of the game.
The Texas Rangers have a lot of talented pitchers who could be in that rotation this year. Let’s break down who I think could comprise this group.
Kyle Gibson will likely find himself starting on Opening Day for the Texas Rangers.
“Folty” is looking to reclaim his All-Star form.
Foltynewicz signed with Texas this offseason after a long stay with the Atlanta Braves. After a disastrous last season with the braves due to injury, he finished the season strong and in the playoffs. This could be a Mike Minor 2.0 signing if he has a great start to the 2021 season.
The young righty provides a pitching talent infusion.
Dunning was acquired from the White Sox this offseason for Lance Lynn. While he was with the White Sox, Dunning showed he has the arsenal of an MLB Starter. After throwing 35 strikeouts in 34 innings, I can see why the Rangers wanted him in Texas.
Acquired from the Braves several years ago, Allard is seeking a bounce-back.
Allard is having a very good spring training and Rangers fans shouldn’t be shocked if he makes the starting rotation this year. Don’t let the ERA of 7.75 from last season fool you, he might have a breakout season this year.
The Texas Rangers took the Yu Darvish path with Kohei Arihara.
Arihara is a new pitcher that comes over to Texas from Japan. When he was with the Nippon Ham Fighters last season, he had an 8-9 record and throwing 106 strikeouts. Based on how his spring training is going, look for him to be a huge factor in the rotation this year.
Don’t sleep on “Rodeo’s” rotation chances in 2021.
The reason why I’m doing six pitchers for the rotation this season is because of COVID and injury concerns that could happen during the season. Hearn has proven himself to the Rangers that he could be a part of starting rotation this spring training.
I wouldn’t look at last year’s stats and judge the pitchers based on them due to COVID. If the pitchers Texas has right now set the proper tone and momentum this season, the Rangers could have a better rotation than many people give them credit for.