ARLINGTON -- Rangers closer Neftali Feliz is quietly putting together a season to remember. His 28 saves are the most in the American League, 16 more than the previous Rangers rookie record and only nine shy of matching the all-time Major League rookie record. Additionally, his 19 consecutive saves marks the seventh longest streak in Major League history and third longest by a rookie.
"I'm just trying to do my job," Feliz said. "It's something that they've told me, but I just thank God for the ability to stay healthy and do my job." Those numbers will likely give Feliz a chance at the AL Rookie of the Year Award, something he says he'd certainly be glad to receive. "I try to win and do my job as a closer," he said. "But there's a chance for that, and I'd be more than happy to receive it." Feliz's calm demeanor late in games may be a big part of his performance this season, as he's been relaxed in even the tightest situations. "That's always been my style," Feliz said. "I've always been calm as a reliever and closer. I feel happy that I'm able to do my job." But despite the mentality he's always carried, he still credits this season as one of his biggest learning experiences. "What I've learned is to be confident in myself and trust myself," he said. "I try to get as many hitters as I can as fast as I can."