May 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher
(50) throws the ball against the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
2. The Bullpen
The bullpen for this team has turned from a weak point for this team to one of the strongest parts, as analyzed by Matthew Connor yesterday. The Rangers had seven different players pitch at least one inning without giving up a single run with a combined total of 16 shutout innings between them. The only pitcher to come out of the bullpen this week and give up a run was Tanner Scheppers, who gave up two earned runs in 3.1 innings which should not be considered a terrible line as he gave up no runs in two of his three appearances.
This group of mostly unknowns is led by new closer Shawn Tolleson along with others such as Keone Kela, Anthony Bass, and Ross Ohlendorf. The first month of the season saw the Rangers getting very few leads and then blowing those leads whenever they got them. For a team with an offense like the Rangers have had this past month, knowing they can get their starter to the sixth or seventh inning and have a good shot to win is a comforting feeling for the team and for fans.
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