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Mike Adams' trade from the San Diego Padres to the Rangers made headlines. Since then, no one's seemed to care.
They should start caring again.
Adams has the fourth-most innings pitched in the Rangers' bullpen, after long men Alexi Ogando and Scott Feldman and closer Neftali Feliz. In just over four innings stretched over five outings in the Championship series, Adams has recorded a win in relief and a hold while fanning four and notching a 2.08 ERA.
Adams pitched crucial extra-inning outings in the ALCS, and his ability to keep the score low until Cruz's bat heated up is what got the Rangers here. Adams also had holds in each of the Rangers' three division series victories. In the regular season, Adams led all Rangers pitchers in ERA (2.10) and was second in WHIP (0.90).
Although I acknowledge that Feldman and Ogando's relief has been at least as important as Adams', they've been getting all the buzz that needs to be shared with him.