Texas Rangers' Bullpen Will Be Key Throughout Entire Season

By Steven Smith
Joakim Soria
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The first month of MLB play is probably the most misleading month of the entire season. Time and time again, fans of many teams are let down once the calendar turns to May. For the Seattle Mariners, they are hoping not to be one of those teams this season. With some nice offseason acquisitions, they look like a team that could very well steal the West. Not today, though.

Seattle had a 6-4 lead over the Texas Rangers in third inning of Thursday afternoon’s game, but after that, the Rangers’ bullpen took over. Texas starter, Tanner Scheppers got rocked in the first 2.1 innings, giving up six runs, two homers and walking three.

The combination of Hector Noesi, Pedro Figueroa, Jason Frasor, Alexi Ogando and Joakim Soria helped clean up the giant mess that Scheppers created. In 6.2 innings, the group gave up zero runs, only four hits and two walks while striking out three. Soria took care of business in the ninth and got the save while Figueroa was credited with the victory.

If Texas wants to have any shot at making a run this season, they’ll have to improve in the pen. Texas is currently ranked ninth in the AL for bullpen ERA. Texas’ starters have gotten off to a bit of a slow start, and if that continues throughout the entire season, tremendous play by the bullpen will be a must.

Despite all of that, the first month of play is always the most misleading. No need to panic.

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