The Rangers have decided to go bullpen go committee rather than name one player for the role. Reliever Matt Bush was stripped of the closer role after going 10 of 15 in save opportunities. He will now move into a middle relief role, and let others get a shot at closing the door in the ninth.
Bad news for the Rangers is that relief pitcher Keone Kela will miss this series against the Angels. Kela is currently dealing with soreness in his right shoulder and the team is not sure how much time he is miss.
This season Kela is 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 30 games with one save. He was trusted as a late inning reliever, and was likely one of the main candidates for closer. The good news is that the Rangers have Jason Grilli.
The 40-year-old veteran recently joined the Rangers organization and will now likely be put in a high leverage situation. Most likely Grilli will be tasked in save situations as he has much more experience than most of the Rangers relievers.
This will likely be a close and low scoring series and the first test for the Rangers “bullpen by committee”. Normally going by committee fails quickly, but Texas is going to give it a shot until something changes.
Pay close attention to the Rangers bullpen in this series because it’s going to be a major factor. It’s time for the relievers to gain some confidence and help out the starting pitching.