The Texas Rangers bullpen has been a pleasant surprise in 2018. Through the many ups and downs in other performance areas, the pen has been steady.
Too much discussion has been had about the negatives of this Texas Rangers season. That’s how it goes when your team is 12 games under .500 and 18 games out of first place in June. However, there is always some good to takeaway, even in disappointing years. The good in 2018 is the Texas bullpen.
Who knows where the Rangers would be if they didn’t have a dominant closer and an all together quality pen. Actually, I suppose fans got a sample of that struggle very early in the year. In April, it seemed the performance from the bullpen would be similar to that of 2017’s. The Texas Rangers relief crew ranked 14th in the American League in 2017 with a collective 4.76 season ERA. Remember the stretch in which Sam Dyson blew like 20 consecutive saves?