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Rangers Pitchers Breaching Uncharted Territory



    Back in 1977, the Texas Rangers set a club record for most shutouts in a season with 17.

    That record still stands.

    There were some pretty good pitchers on that staff with names like Gaylord Perry (four shutouts that year) and Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven (five shutouts) to name a couple.

    On Monday night, when the Rangers topped the Boston Red Sox and their vaunted, albeit banged up, offense 4-0 behind a great start from C.J. Wilson, the Rangers notched their 15th shutout of the season, which is now the second most in club history.

    With the way the game has changed, starters don't throw complete game shutouts nearly as often as they did back in the 70s, but the Rangers have their fair share of those this season with Derek Holland's four and one each for Colby Lewis and Alexi Ogando.

    But the bullpen has been great, especially since the trade deadline deals shored up the pen with the additions of Koji Uehara and Mike Adams and the recent re-emergence of Mark Lowe.

    If Wilson hadn't struggled through the first two innings, throwing 40 pitches, he might have had a great shot of getting one of his own.

    Oh how times have changed for this franchise since the "glory days" of the late 1990s when Juan Gonzalez was smashing home runs and winning 11-8 games.