Rangers Relieve Pitching Coach of Duties

The Texas Rangers have announced that co-pitching coach Doug Mathis will not return to the organization next year. 

Mathis was given the title of co-pitching coach after the 2020 season. He and Brendan Sagara shared the role with then GM and President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels saying that he viewed the two as having ''individual strengths'', and that the role is bigger than just one person.

Since the start of the 2021 season, the Rangers pitching staff has been quite poor. The club's starters have posted the fifth-highest ERA in the league in that span, with a 4.98 ERA. In addition, their starters have only posted a 19.5% strikeout percentage, the eighth-lowest in the league. Finally, the starters have issued the sixth-highest walk percentage of any MLB team, with 8.4%. 

The relievers have been slightly better, however. Since 2021, the Rangers' relievers have posted a 3.92 ERA, a 22.4% strikeout percentage, and a 9.5% walk rate. 

Overall, those are unacceptable numbers and, as a result, Doug Mathis is being relieved of his job. His co-pitching coach Brendan Sagara has also been relieved of his role but offered a different role within the organization.

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