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Rangers bullpen won ALCS, lost World Series

Posted on: October 29, 2011 2:37 am
ST. LOUIS -- The innings added up. The innings caught up to them.

We don't know for sure if that's the answer for what happened to the Rangers bullpen, but it seems like a reasonable guess.

We do know the results.

In six American League Championship Series games against the Tigers, the Ranger relievers were basically unhittable, with a 1.32 ERA.

In seven World Series games against the Cardinals, the Ranger relievers were basically unwatchable, with a 7.43 ERA.

"The bullpen won the ALCS," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Then they struggled here."

The bullpen pitched too much in the first two rounds, because the starters didn't pitch enough. To be fair, the Cardinals had the same problem . . . and maybe that's why their bullpen leaked a little at the end, as well.

You could see it happening. I wrote about it when the Rangers lost Game 3. Mike Adams admitted then that fatigue could be setting in, especially with ALCS difference-maker Alexi Ogando (who would end up allowing 14 baserunners in just 2 2/3 World Series innings).

When it was over, Adams said he wasn't sure.

"You never know," he said. "I'm not sure you can say that's why we weren't as effective.

"The bullpen had a good run. We just didn't pitch as well [in the World Series] as we did in the last series."

You've got to think the workload had something to do with it. But it's not like they could have done much to lighten that load, short of risking an ALCS loss by forcing more innings from their rotation.

"You're aware of it," Daniels said. "But at that point, there's not much you can do about it."

He had tried. He was as active as any GM in seeking bullpen help in midseason trades, adding Adams, Koji Uehara and Mike Gonzalez. But Adams seemed to run out of gas, Uehara was a complete bust in the postseason (three appearances, three home runs), and Gonzalez was only mildly effective.

And the bullpen that beat the Tigers never made it to the World Series.

The bullpen that won the ALCS basically lost the World Series.


Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:52 pm

Rangers bullpen won ALCS, lost World Series

Of all the things one could point to that was the big one for me also. I thought that was a catchable ball and Cruz flubbed it, his hitting tailed off in the Series also. Still a most exciting series in quite some time.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:51 pm

Rangers bullpen won ALCS, lost World Series

Here's a question - why keep playing Ogando?  It was always clear that he was out of gas.  Why do you trot him out there that many times, particularly in Game 6?

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:24 pm

Rangers bullpen won ALCS, lost World Series

if nelson cruz catches the damn ball in the 9th when he was playing doubles defense, we wouldn't be having this conversation !

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