Bowden: Rangers have top relief corps

September, 6, 2012
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ESPN.com's Jim Bowden ranked the seventh- and eighth-inning pitchers for the contending teams and puts the Texas Rangers at No. 1 with Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross and Mike Adams. Here's part of what he said:
The Rangers have the best seventh- and eighth-inning relievers in the AL based on Ogando’s and Adams’ postseason experience and ability to pitch multiple innings. Adams’ decision to mix in curveballs to his mostly hard repertoire of fastballs, cutters and sliders could be a big difference-maker.

It's difficult to imagine that if Bowden added in Joe Nathan to make this a ranking based on the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, that the Rangers wouldn't still be No. 1. That bullpen could prove to be the difference this postseason. We'll see.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .880
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159