Five Bold Predictions for the Texas Rangers’ Pitching Staff in 2014
By Lee Stitzel
4. Neftali Feliz gets at least 25 saves and Joakim Soria gets at least ten.
May 13, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Neftali Feliz (30) throws a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
The closer spot is going to be an exciting thing to watch this season. Neftali Feliz was one of the truly elite closers before being moved to the rotation and getting injured. Feliz may not come all the way back to his forty save potential but he should be good this year. The other challenger for the closer’s role is Joakim Soria. Soria is another former closer with excellent stuff. Soria will likely get the closing opportunities that Feliz does not take. Between these two the closer’s role should be well taken care of in 2014.