Originally written August 31, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
All season, the Texas Rangers' bullpen has been an extreme asset for the club. The team is taking every precaution to insure that advantage exists deep into the playoffs. By adding pitchers, giving others extended rest and by being judicious with everybody's usage, the Rangers enter their series with the Cleveland Indians on Friday with just 105 relief innings since the All-Star break. It is the second-lowest figure in the majors behind the Seattle Mariners, who have used relievers for 104 1/3 innings. The Rangers' bullpen threw 251 innings in the first half, a middle-of-the pack number. The lighter load in the second half could be significant entering the playoffs. A year ago, Texas relievers pitched 198 2/3 innings in the second half. Manager Ron Washington said that was too much work, and it caught up to the bullpen during a full month's worth of playoff action. "My bullpen ran out of gas," Washington said. The fumes on which the bullpen was ru...
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