The winter of 2021 will forever be the offseason that changed the Texas Rangers organization.
Marcus Semien and Corey Seager each inked record deals, and just two seasons later, they brought home the Rangers’ first world championship.

However, the middle infield duo weren’t the only ones who signed that November. The Rangers locked down Jon Gray to a 4 year $56 million deal in an attempt to somewhat stabilize their rotation before really refining it the following offseason.

Rangers GM Chris Young got to work bringing in Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Nathan Eovaldi, Tyler Mahle, and Michael Lorenzen. Along with those additions, the team saw breakouts from Cody Bradford and Dane Dunning.

Finally, in 2024, the Texas Rangers have the best rotation in baseball, but it has one major problem: It’s on the IL.

Stability or consistency have not been two words that you could describe this 2024 Rangers pitching staff with.

Texas has been longing for some sort of consistent success within this rotation, and that’s when one of the pillars of this rebuild stepped up.

Jon Gray hasn’t always had smooth sailing since signing with the Rangers prior to the 2022 season, but early on in the Rangers’ run for a title defense, he’s been the lone consistency in the Texas rotation.

In his last seven starts, Jon Gray has thrown 39.2 innings to the tune of a 1.36 ERA with 36 strikeouts and just seven walks.

Gray’s strong start to the year was on full display last night in the Rangers 4-0 win over the Guardians. Gray went 6.1 shutout innings, lowering his season ERA to 2.08, the third-lowest ERA amongst American League starters this season.

When the Rangers starters come back, some of the current rotation will be forced back into the bullpen; however, as of now, Jon Gray will most certainly not be one of them.

“He’s kind of been the anchor now with what’s going on,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said.

“With Jon throwing the ball like this and we’re getting guys healthy, it’s kind of exciting when we get the whole staff there.”


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