ARLINGTON -- It's no secret that a team's bullpen is crucial to its success, particularly in the later months of the season.
Fortunately for the Rangers, their bullpen boasts the best ERA in the Major Leagues at 2.13. Rangers relievers are also holding hitters to a Major League-best .210 batting average and have walked only 16 batters in 101 1/3 innings this season, while striking out 97.
"They've all put the team first and been prepared," said general manager Jon Daniels. "Whether it's Scott [Feldman], who has the ability to start as we saw the other day, they've all kind of put that aside and put the team first."
Feldman suffered a loss on Monday against the Royals but did not give up an earned run in 4 2/3 innings. Adrian Beltre made a throwing error, his second of the season, which extended a fifth inning that saw the Royals take a 2-1 lead on a single by Alcides Escobar. That would be the last batter Feldman faced before he exited the game.
Joe Nathan retired the side in Wednesday's win over the Athletics, striking out all three batters he faced, and picking up his eighth save. Alexei Ogando has a team-best ERA 0.45 ERA and has not allowed a run in his last 15 1/3 innings, while Koji Uehara has a 9 1/3 scoreless-innings streak of his own.
"We've just tried to put as strong and as deep a roster together as possible," Daniels said. "Guys are going to struggle for periods. Injuries, you don't know when or where, but they're going to happen. We have to be proactive and get out in front of them."
Through 38 games, the Rangers have yet to make a roster move.
"Knock on wood," Daniels said.