Dunning메이저놀이터 (29, Texas Rangers), a Korean big leaguer, won a starter in eight months. Quality Start was only 9 months. With the ‘glass body ace’ gone, he finally had a chance to show his skills.
Dunning started the 2023 major league away game against the Seattle Mariners held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA on the 11th (Korean time), and became the winning pitcher with 6 hits, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk and 2 runs in 6 innings. Season 3 win.
Dunning underwent hip surgery last October and returned to health this season. As a Korean-American, he was asked to join the WBC Korean national team, but he politely declined and made every effort to prepare for this season. After all, he is performing well from the beginning of this season.
Texas signed Jacob deGrom to a five-year, $185 million (approximately 244.6 billion won) contract ahead of this season. However, deGrom has had frequent injuries in the past 1-2 years. He fell into a glass body and was recently listed on the injured list due to elbow pain. In addition, Dunning’s position disappeared due to external reinforcement of the starting lineup.
However, an opportunity came to Dunning, who was showing good form with a long relief. He is doing well in his mission to fill the deGrom void. On the 6th, in an away game against the Los Angeles Angels, he made his first start of the season, giving up 2 hits, 3 strikeouts and 1 walk in 5 innings. He did not record a win or loss, but it was a successful starter return.
In the end, Dunning won the starter 8 months after the Los Angeles Dodgers match on September 22, 2022 (5 innings, 3 hits, 8 strikeouts, 1 walk, 2 runs). In addition, on August 19, 2022, a quality start was established 9 months after the Auckland Athletics match.
After letting lead batter JP Crawford walk in the bottom of the first inning, Dunning’s slider to Thai France went to the middle and got a hit. At this time, left fielder Grossman’s throwing mistake overlapped, and it was absurd that the first run was conceded. However, Jared Kalanick and Eugenio Suarez were treated as beom-ta to prevent additional runs.
Dunning held up well with a mix of cutters, curveballs and sliders with a four-seam in the low 90s. In the second inning, leadoff batsman Carl Rowley was hit, but he did not concede. In the third inning, he struck out Colton Wong and Crawford one after another. In the 4th inning, while throwing a changeup to lead hitter Jared Kalanick, he got a right-handed hit, but Suarez was hit by the second baseman with a two-seam first pitch. In the 5th inning, he threw a curveball to Crawford with 2 out, 1st and 2nd base, and gave up 1 RBI. However, Dunning handled France’s ground ball himself and met the victory requirements. In the 6th episode, the three-way offense.
It was an activity that was nothing worse than the glass body ace. A 4-3 win for Texas. Dunning is expected to receive a chance as a starting pitcher for the time being. 1.72 ERA with 3 wins and 3 holds in 10 games this season.