Today, I'm projecting the Texas Rangers' 2014 bullpen. This is the third installment in my series which projects each of the Rangers' main team units in order.
No baseball team is successful without a quality pen. In this day and age of late inning matchups and specialization, the very best bullpens contain at least a few ice-cold, lockdown relievers who know how to close out a game.
The Rangers certainly have a few of those pitchers in their pen, and it's why the relief corps is a strength for Texas. At it's best, the Rangers' bullpen is one of the deadliest units in baseball. The team will need it more than ever this year, as skipper Ron Washington attempts to manage the rotation workloads of Matt Harrison as well as young Martin Perez.
In no particular order, here is how I see each projected Ranger reliever performing in 2014. Of course, these projections are assuming that the front office makes no major addition to the pen before the start of the season. I'll follow each prediction with some thoughts.
Be on the lookout for my projections of the Rangers' bench for 2014. They'll be up in the next day or so.
*All stats courtesy of ESPN.com