3 solutions to fix the dreadful Texas Rangers pitching staff
2. Move Brock Burke to the starting rotation
Taylor Hearn took this route for the Texas Rangers in 2021, why can’t Burke do the same for this team in 2022?
Burke is coming off major injury, so it makes sense that the Rangers would want to ease the lefty back into action, but sometimes, circumstances call for other plans.
It’s early yet, but Burke is already flashing some of the promise he did in 2019 before going on the shelf, with 10 strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched. Texas needs to be throwing Burke out there more rather than less at the moment, given the state of the starting rotation.
As would be the case, however, Burke’s insertion into the rotation would also be dealing a blow to a bad bullpen. Luckily for the Rangers, they have Jonathan Hernandez and Jose Leclerc returning to that unit this summer, so they can hold it together until then. The starting rotation doesn’t have those same saving graces, with prospects like Cole Winn feeling like late-season call-ups, at best.
Therefore, moving Brock Burke to the rotation for now feels like a good maneuver to make.