Jun 17, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela (50) throws the ball in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Rangers won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
2. Keone Kela
Kela has had a good rookie season thus far, with a 4-4 record and a 2.48 ERA in 29 innings over 32 games. Kela has one save and five holds and has shown better control than he did with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2014. With the RoughRiders, Kela had a 12.8 K/9 but also had a 6.28 BB/9 in 38.2 innings. In 2015, Kela has decreased his walk rate to 3.10 BB/9 but has also seen his strikeout rate drop to 8.07 K/9.
This past week, Kela gave up one run over 2.2 innings. He has give up just one hit, three walks, and struck out three. While none of this seems particularly bad, the balk that Kela had against the Rangers caused him to take the loss. The loss was the third for the month by Kela and he has a 5.06 ERA in his 5.1 innings.
Kela was not the only member of the bullpen to struggle this week as Anthony Bass gave up four runs in 1.2 innings. While he gave up more runs, he did so in a game that the Rangers won 11-7 so it did not have as much of an impact on the game as Kela’s performance. Bass raised his ERA to 4.71 in 36.1 innings.
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