The Texas Rangers have yanked 28-year old righty reliever Shawn Tolleson from the closers’ role after he gave up a walkoff grand slam to Khris Davis of the Oakland A’s yesterday in a 8-5 loss! Tolleson pitched in 137 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in his first two years with the team (2014 and 2015) and he was 9-5 with 35 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. All 35 of those saves came in 2015 for the Rangers. But, this year…..he has stunk it up…..BIG TIME! Tolleson has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-2 with an American League leading 11 saves, a 9.20 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. He has given up 23 hits (5 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 11 batters in his first 14 2/3 innings this year…..as he has been getting hit really hard so far this year! 28-year old righty Sam Dyson will get the next shot to close for the Rangers. Dyson has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-1 with 2 saves, a 1.89 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Dyson has given up 15 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 13 batters in his first 19 innings this year! Dyson has now pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 2-2 with 4 saves, a 1.43 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP! I think Dyson will do a solid job for the Rangers.