Alternating with my general arguments for the Boston Red Sox hegemony are individual dismissals of their American League challengers.
The Texas Rangers might have been the most gainfully active contender leading up to the trade deadline. The Rangers plugged the holes that most needed plugging, the ones in their run-hemorrhaging bullpen.
Mike Adams, formerly of the San Diego Padres and Koji Uehara, formerly of the Baltimore Orioles, should be the answer to the Rangers’ bullpen woes.
Adams is having one of the best relief-pitching seasons of anyone this year, with an ERA of 1.13 and a walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of .73. Uehara ‘s season is similarly awesome. His ERA and WHIP are 1.69 and .69, respectively.
They are not enough to push the Rangers past the Red Sox. Stopping a few more runs late only slightly narrows the gap between the Rangers and the Red Sox. The Red Sox don’t allow many more runs than the Rangers right now.
These additions to the Rangers won’t push the Texans into the runs-scored-minus-runs-allowed territory occupied by the Red Sox.