Dane Dunning, a former close friend of Hyun-Jong Yang, has become the hope of the Texas Rangers. Through 48 games, Dunning has pitched 43 innings in 12 games (four starts) with a 4-0 record and a 1.67 ERA. He joins Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 2.60) and Martin Perez (5-1, 4.01) in leading the team.
Dunning’s mother is Korean. Dunning himself has expressed his affection for Korean blood. He is also a familiar face to Korean fans, as he and Yang Hyeon-jong had great chemistry while playing for Texas. “If I get the chance, I’d like to play for Korea in the WBC, and I’d also like to play in the KBO,” he said, making him a favorite to join Tommy Hyun-Soo Edmon (St. Louis Cardinals) and Rob Refsnyder (Boston Red Sox) as a major leaguer in the WBC.
He has been a starter since donning 스포츠토토 a Texas uniform in 2021. He went 5-10 with a 4.51 ERA in his rookie year and 4-8 with a 4.46 ERA last year.
Dane Dunning. USA Today
However, he underwent hip surgery at the end of last season and decided to focus on his recovery instead of competing in the 2023 WBC. It’s a shame, considering the South Korean team suffered through three straight first-round exits after struggling with their pitching staff.
For Dunning himself, it was a good choice. He recovered nicely and earned the trust of manager Bruce Bochy this year by serving as the long man whenever Jacob deGrom went down with an injury and recording two saves.
In May, he was named the starter. He added two wins in four starts. He has allowed just four earned runs in 22⅔ innings of work. Best of all, he hasn’t given up a single home run this season.
Dane Dunning. AFP
Bochy said Dunning “saved the team” and is now considering a six-man rotation with Dunning after DeGrom’s return. Local media in Texas are also raving about him, calling him the de facto ace.
On the 23rd, he faced off against Korean major leaguer Bae Ji-hwan. He battled back with 5⅔ innings of one-run ball, including a single hit off Bae, but the bullpen collapsed and he was unable to record the win.
After Park Chan-ho, Texas didn’t have much luck with the Korean players Choo Shin-soo and Yang Hyun-jong. Can the “Korean” Dunning break the bad blood?