The Texas Rangers have experienced high peaks and low valleys this season
By Seth Carlson
Texas Rangers Peak: Kyle Gibson has become an ace, Dane Dunning is a stud
Two high points in a row. We’re trying to be optimistic here!
The pitching admittedly hasn’t been ideal for the Texas Rangers in 2021, and that’s to be expected from a rebuilding squad.
That said, the performances the team has received on the mound from righties Kyle Gibson and Dane Dunning have been very impressive to this point.
First Gibson, who has emerged as the unlikely ace after struggling mightily in his first season as a Ranger with a 5.35 ERA in 12 starts.
Since his Opening Day debacle in Kansas City, “Gibby” has become the one pitcher in the rotation who can really be trusted.
He had 135.00 ERA after getting bombed by the Royals on Opening Day. Now, he sports a cool 2.32 ERA on the season and gives Texas length and quality every fifth day, as an ace should. It’s been nothing short of a remarkable in-season turnaround for Gibson.
As for Dane Dunning, he’s been exactly as advertised, if not better, since being acquired by the Rangers in the Lance Lynn deal with the White Sox. He’s flashed his potential to be a stalwart in this rotation going forward and a real future asset for this team.