The Rangers have now decided to go bullpen by committee. Reliever Matt Bush has been stripped of the closer role after going 10 of 15 in save opportunities this season. The team will go now by committee until someone steps up in the ninth inning role.
The bullpen has been hard to watch this season, but need to be watched closely now. This is an important part of the season that will either make the Rangers buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
Right now the Rangers need to prove this team is legitimate or else it could be time to rebuild in Arlington. The bullpen seems to be the weakest part of the organization, and that will be the deciding factor.
Often times bullpen by committee does not work, but this time could be different. The Rangers don’t have many relievers with late inning experience and giving one guy the job is pretty ridiculous. Hard to expect pitchers with little experience to be excellent immediately in a high pressure role.
Veteran Jason Grilli has joined the bullpen for this series, and he needs to be a leader. The Red Sox are a playoff type team that Texas would face in October. The Rangers need to play this series like their season depends on it because it very well could.