3 solutions to fix the dreadful Texas Rangers pitching staff
3. Trade for a starting pitcher
Signing Jon Gray in the off-season was great and all, but think of him as replacing first-half Kyle Gibson in 2021, who went on to be a 2021 All-Star before being traded to Philadelphia. Gibby posted a sub-3 ERA, and Gray can be expected to post a high 3/low 4 ERA this season.
So where’s the additional improvement? It hasn’t come from within yet. Dane Dunning has really struggled early on, Taylor Hearn has looked sharp at times but not consistently, Spencer Howard is injured and has also looked bad so far. And no one is exactly afraid of Martin Perez, though I suppose he’s an upgrade from homer-happy Jordan Lyles and Mike Foltynewicz.
This all leads to an obvious conclusion: the Texas Rangers need to find another upgrade for their rotation. Maybe that’s Franke Montas of the A’s, maybe that’s one of the Marlins’ young arms, or someone else outside the organization.
If we’re being honest, this is work the Rangers should’ve done during the off-season, but in case the team’s pitching performance early in 2022 hasn’t set off any alarm bells yet, it should.
The pitching prospects on the way like Cole Winn and Jack Leiter will be great, if developed properly. But putting so much pressure on them as to be saviors upon their arrivals to Arlington? Yeah I don’t like that so much.
Get this team the pitching help it needs!