Well, after blowing 16 saves the Texas Rangers have decided to go closer by committee. What does that mean for Matt Bush, and who is going to get a shot in the ninth inning role?
The 2017 season has been frustrating for the Texas Rangers. A team that is loaded with talent, but is being dragged down by their bullpen. Going into the season the Rangers thought they had one of the strongest pens in the league, but they were wrong.
The Rangers kicked off the 2017 season with Sam Dyson as closer. He was reliable for the team in 2016, so Texas figured he’d be the guy to lock down the ninth inning role. That was not the case and Dyson quickly lost his job in Arlington.
Through 17 appearances Dyson went 1-6 with a 10.80 ERA and allowed 20 earned runs. He did not record a save in four opportunities, and was traded to the San Francisco Giants. Sadly, the frustration doesn’t end there.
After the departure of Dyson, the Rangers promoted reliever Matt Bush as closer. He started off strong, but has struggled to find his groove lately. He’s 10 of 15 in save opportunities, and has forced the Rangers to yet again look for another closer.
The question remains is there a “closer” on this current Rangers roster or will the team have to acquire talent from outside the organization?