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Bullpen Hit With Third Straight Loss



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    Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers reacts after getting the final out against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Mariners 3-2 on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 4, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    There's a lot of second-guessing and freaking out going on out there over the Rangers' start to the 2016 season.

    Four games, three losses and the only win coming on a day when the offense managed all of one hit.

    The most alarming part of the three-game losing skid? It's not the inept offense but instead the bullpen, which was supposed to be the strength of the team.

    It's understandable and fair for folks to be knee-jerking after the Rangers' pen lost a third straight game minutes into Friday morning, but it's equally ridiculous and stupid.

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    We're four games into a 162-game slate, and it's far too early to be worrying, but with how much of a strength the Rangers' pen was supposed to be, it's a little alarming they've already blown a save and lost games twice after taking over a tie game.

    On Thursday night, it was a group effort, but it was Shawn Tolleson who left a fastball middle-middle to Albert Pujols with two outs and the bases full, and while Pujols is a shell of his former self, he can still do a lot with a fastball middle-middle. He did it, and the game promptly ended.

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    Every reliever on the staff has had varying degrees of fail so far, and we're just four games in. So is that a little concerning? Yeah, it is.