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Matt Bush | Relief Pitcher | #51

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Bush pitched a perfect ninth inning with the Rangers down one to the Red Sox on Monday.
Bush lost his closer gig with a bad outing Friday against the Red Sox, but he's retired six of the seven batters he's faced since, all in close games. Especially with Keone Kela on the DL, Bush still seems like a prime candidate for saves in the Texas pen. Jul 4 - 1:27 AM

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Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Saturday that he'll go with a closer by committee approach while the club tries to get Matt Bush back on track.

Keone Kela, Alex Claudio and Jose Leclerc are the arms that could see save chances. Bush imploded yet again in a tough loss to the White Sox on Thursday night and hasn't been the same pitcher since moving to the ninth inning.
Jul 1 - 12:35 PM

Matt Bush imploded for a blown save and took the loss Friday against the White Sox.

Trying to protect a two-run lead, Bush gave up a leadoff single to Adam Engel before Omar Narvaez flew out. Willy Garcia and Alen Hanson followed with back-to-back singles to score one run before Melky Cabrera walked things off with a two-run double. Bush started out strong as Sam Dyson’s replacement in the closer role, but he’s been all over the place this month and it’s time to stash away potential replacements. Keone Kela is the most obvious name, but he was unavailable Friday due to shoulder soreness. Jose Leclerc is also worthy of consideration.
Jul 1 - 1:38 AM

Matt Bush protected a one-run lead for his 10th save Tuesday against the Indians.

With his job very much on the line, Bush has come out and protected one-run leads against the Yankees and now Cleveland the last three days. He faced the heart of the order in this one, too, giving up only a single to Michael Brantley while retiring Francisco Lindor, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez. Things are looking up for his owners.
Jun 27 - 10:23 PM

Matt Bush blew a save and took the loss Friday against the Yankees.

Asked to hold a 1-0 lead, Bush gave up a game-tying homer to Brett Gardner with one out in the ninth inning. He later allowed a walk-off single to Ronald Torreyes in the 10th. Bush has now blown back-to-back save chances and has appeared much more hittable of late. No word on any sort of imminent change, but fantasy owners would do well to stash Jose Leclerc or Keone Kela.
Jun 24 - 1:38 AM

Matt Bush suffered a blown save against the Blue Jays on Monday, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.

The Rangers rallied from a 5-1 deficit to score five runs the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead. That's how the score would remain until the ninth where Josh Donaldson delivered an RBI single to tie the game and Kendrys Morales added a run-scoring single to finish the job. It's the third blown save in 11 chances for Bush this season. It's getting to the point where his job could be in jeopardy, if the Rangers had another capable option.
Jun 20 - 12:26 AM

Matt Bush took his first loss after giving up an unearned run in a tie game Wednesday against the Mets.

Bush also gave up three runs last night, though he was still able to finish up the 10-8 win. He's been scored upon in three straight appearances, dating back to May 31. It's probably just a blip, but it'll be time to start getting concerned if he's not better next time out.
Jun 7 - 11:34 PM

Matt Bush nailed down his sixth save of the season Sunday in the Rangers' defeat of the Blue Jays.

Bush surrendered a pair of two-out singles, but he got Troy Tulowitzki to ground out to shortstop to end the game and seal a 3-1 victory for Texas. Bush holds a dominant 1.02 ERA and 21/5 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings this season and he hasn't blown a save since taking over as the Rangers' closer.
May 28 - 4:06 PM

Matt Bush locked down his fifth save of the season on Friday, but did give up an unearned run on a pair of hits and a walk against the Tigers.

Bush took over with a 5-2 lead to protect, but made things interesting by putting a couple of runners on base. A ground ball to Elvis Andrus should have ended the game, but an errant throw allowed J.D. Martinez to reach and a run to score. With the tying run now on base, Bush battled back to fan Alex Avila to put the game away. He now boasts a 1.10 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings on the season.
May 19 - 11:25 PM

Matt Bush struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to earn the save against the Athletics.

The save was the third of the year for the right-hander. Opportunities have been hard to come by lately -- Bush went from April 23 to May 10 between his first and second saves -- but when he's pitched, Bush has been terrific. The 31-year-old owns a 1.42 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings this year.
May 14 - 12:15 AM

Matt Bush struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth inning to record a save against the Padres on Wednesday.

He allowed a double to Manuel Margot with two outs but left him stranded by striking out Cory Spangenberg to end the game. It was only Bush's second save even though he took over the Rangers' closer role almost a month ago. It is not his fault though as his teammates just haven't presented him with many opportunities yet. He has one blown save to go with two saves and two wins. He has a 1.54 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings and should provide good fantasy value moving forward.
May 11 - 12:56 AM

Matt Bush earned the win against the Royals after pitching a scoreless inning Saturday.

Bush hasn't had a chance to save a game since being tapped as the team's favorite for the closer gig, but he's been used like the team's best reliever and has pitched like it as well. Such was the case Saturday when, in a tied game, manager Jeff Banister went to Bush to face the heart of the Royals order. Bush was rewarded for his work when the Rangers walked it off in the bottom of the frame. The 31-year-old has done nothing to change the idea that he'll get first crack at a save opportunity, posting a 2.70 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings, so if he's still available in your league, fix that.
Apr 23 - 12:21 AM

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Monday that Matt Bush will get the first chance to close with Sam Dyson (hand) going on the disabled list.

Banister did note that Bush wouldn't get every save opportunity, so Jeremy Jeffress also figures to be in the mix. The Rangers will need to be careful with Bush after his recent shoulder issues, so he won't be overworked. Still, the 31-year-old is a shutdown reliever and could easily run away with the job if he's able to stay healthy. Pick him up in a hurry if he happens to still be available in your league.
Apr 17 - 7:44 PM

The Rangers are hoping to have Matt Bush back this weekend after he missed the past three days with a shoulder issue.

According to the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson, Bush is playing catch right now. He's not expected to pitch tonight, but he's questionable for Saturday and Sunday. If the shoulder issue proves to be a false alarm, then Bush could be a candidate for saves next week.
Apr 14 - 5:36 PM

Matt Bush has returned to Texas for an examination of the AC joint in his right shoulder.

Bush came down with some shoulder soreness after throwing 29 pitches in an appearance Sunday versus the Athletics. He'll get an injection back in Arlington and will be sidelined for at least a couple of days. Texas is having all kinds of bullpen problems at the moment, with Sam Dyson and Jeremy Jeffress both struggling and Bush now possibly facing an extended absence.
Apr 12 - 12:18 PM

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C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Joey Gallo
LF1Delino DeShields
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Austin Bibens-Dirkx
8Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Bush
2Keone Kela
3Jose Leclerc
4Jason Grilli
5Jeremy Jeffress
6Tony Barnette
7Alex Claudio
8Jake Diekman