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What I’m Watching: Dane Dunning Has Big Spikes to Fill

Plus: the Stars begin their second-round series against Seattle.
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The 28-year-old gets first crack at replacing injured ace Jacob deGrom. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft is now complete, and we’ve got plenty about it on StrongSide here, here, and here. So is the Stars’ series against the Wild; Dallas took that in six games, and will play Game 1 of its second-round series against Seattle tomorrow night. And for the Rangers’ sake, here’s hoping Jacob deGrom’s season is far from complete after he hit the IL he left Friday’s start against the Yankees with inflammation in his pitching elbow (a potential harbinger for much greater problems).

Here’s what I’m watching this week:

Tuesday, 5/2—Stars versus Kraken, Game 18:30 p.m., ESPN

Dallas once again holds ice, and once again, we’ll all be subjected to late start times. Will this once again end in a Stars series victory? Sean Shapiro will set the table for the series tomorrow morning, while David Castillo and I will continue to write after each game.

Friday, 5/5—Rangers at Angels7:40 p.m., Bally Sports Southwest

deGrom will be out for an undetermined amount of time, and the first crack at filling his spot in the rotation goes to Dane Dunning. The 28-year-old proved to be an effective innings eater in 2022, racking up 153.1 innings in 29 innings, and has been one of Texas’ few dependable arms in relief so far this season (although his low strikeout rate and nonexistent home-run rate suggest his 1.77 ERA was bound to tick upward at some point). How will he fare in his return to the rotation? With Texas’ best arm joining its best bat (Corey Seager) on the shelf, the team probably needs the answer to be “league average, at minimum.” We’ll get our first glimpse heading into the weekend.


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