Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Best Seasons: John Wetteland - 1998.

I guess not posting yesterday cost me the chance to comment on the Rangers Monday win. Looks like I might have a win to comment about tomorrow. On the heels of last night's loss let's take another look at T.R. Sullivan's list of the the Top 50 Best Seasons in Rangers history.

Clocking in at Number 25 on the list is John Wetteland's 1998 campaign. Wetteland, shown here on card number 333 of the 1997 Score set, was the Rangers closer from 1997-2000.

In 1998 John got the call from the bullpen 63 times, he would finish 59 of those games. 42 of those finishes were saves. That's almost half of the team's 88 wins that year.

Wetteland's ERA tallied to 2.03 and his WHIP to 0.984. He struck out 72 opposing batters en route to a 5.14 strikeout to walk ratio.

That's some pretty dominating numbers and definitely helped push the team into the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. Along the way Wetteland was also selected for the All-Star team and garnered some MVP consideration. Unfortunately John saw just one inning of action as Texas got swept from the first round of the postseason.

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