Heading into the season, one of the biggest question marks about this years’ Texas Rangers team was whether or not their bullpen would be able to get the job done. So far this young season, they’ve certainly been able to do just that, and earlier this week they did something that no other MLB team has done since the 2006 Detroit Tigers.
In their win on Wednesday, the Rangers bullpen became the first in seven years to convert their first ten save opportunities of the season, relying primarily on the arms of relievers Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross and closer Joe Nathan.
Nathan has already earned nine saves this year while the bullpen has earned 15 holds (Scheppers with seven, Ross with five, and Joe Ortiz with two) which occurs when a reliever inherits and and retains a save opportunity.
While stats aren’t all that exciting to read about, these are very impressive:
In 43.2 combined innings, Scheppers, Ross, and Nathan have only given up four earned runs, two homers, and boast an incredibly impressive 0.88 average ERA.
It’s not just the bullpen that’s been impressive for the Rangers, however. The entire pitching staff currently holds the best team ERA (3.22) in the American League, the second best overall.
The question of whether or not the bullpen can get it done this season has been answered; we know now that this group is deserving of lofty expectations. The question now becomes this: can they keep it up throughout the remainder of the season?