While Rangers fans are witnessing a historically great season from Kyle Gibson, the best ever by a Texas Rangers starter, curiosity led to the other end of the spectrum.
Which starters have had the worse seasons in Rangers history? (One of them is currently in the rotation.)
It’s a lot to weed through. An ERA starting with a 5 is nothing to write home about. The Rangers have had scores and scores of starters who fall into that category. But for the remarkably bad, you have to look at starters with ERA’s in the 6s. And beyond.
Yes, the Rangers have had their share of those in their fifty years in Texas. For purposes here, I chose pitchers who started 15 or more games in that season (except for 2020) because that means they got enough starts to be considered in the rotation and not just filling in.
So, pitching performances like Mark Clark’s 2000 season in which he logged a 7.98 ERA isn’t included because he mercifully walked off the mound after his eighth start and retired. Or Chan Ho Park’s disastrous 2003 season where he sported a 7.58 ERA. Fortunately for him, and Rangers fans everywhere, injury prevented him from starting only seven games.
So, here are the worst starters in Rangers history: