4 pleasant surprises for the Texas Rangers so far this season
4. The bullpen
It’s incredible to think that at one point this season, the Texas Rangers’ bullpen was considered a liability, and a liability it was. Since early May, however, the unit has done a complete 360, emerging as a team strength to the pleasant surprise of everyone.
Among the reasons for the bullpen’s turnaround? Brock Burke and Matt Moore, each of whom have provided tremendous production in the form of long relief. Dennis Santana, Joe Barlow, Spencer Patton, John King and others have also picked up the slack in the bullpen for the Rangers, giving the team ample options for both long relief and closing out tight games.
Having a solid bullpen is a luxury, especially for a non-contending team like this one, and this group will only get better with the eventual returns of Jonathan Hernandez and Jose Leclerc this summer.