Jun 10, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers pitching coachMike Maddux
(31) comes out to the mound to talk with his pitcher Keone Kela (50) and catcherRobinson Chirinos
(61) in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports.
3. The Bullpen
The bullpen is one area that many teams see inconsistencies from season to season but even from week to week. The Rangers seemed to have started to figure out things with the bullpen, a group that was in the Hot list just last week. In the month of May, relievers had a 4.08 ERA and managed a 7.2 record with 11 saves.
This past week, Rangers relievers gave up 13 runs in just 10 2/3 innings with four relievers taking home an ERA over 10 for the week. Keone Kela took two losses this week and gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings. The lone bright spot for the bullpen was closer Shawn Tolleson, who completed the save in both of his opportunities and gave up just one run in three innings.
Even with the strong performance the first week of June, the bullpen has a 5.79 ERA overall for June and managed just 5.40 K/9 with 3.47 BB/9. With the success the starters had this week, the bullpen will need to look to find a balance between the dominance the first week of the month and the struggles this week in order to help keep this team winning games.
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