ARLINGTON -- It just so happens that there is rest for the weary, and the Texas Rangers gladly accepted a Sunday off after closing out the American League Championship Series.
Among the causes for the weariness were sore muscles and joints, and overworked arms.
Some players, such as Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre, were afflicted by lingering injuries.
So, closing out Detroit in Game 6 on Saturday rather than having to play a win-or-go-home Game 7 on Sunday came with one significant advantage ahead of the Rangers' second straight berth to the World Series.
Rest, sweet rest -- for key lineup contributors and a bullpen that made the difference between booking a trip to St. Louis and booking off-season tee times.
"I tell you what, man, it's much needed. Much needed," said set-up man Mike Adams, who pitched in five of the six ALCS games. "I'm just glad we were able to win [Saturday] to give us that extra day of rest."
Hamilton, the Rangers' No. 3 hitter and their best player, has a strained left groin that he said has limited him to 50 percent of full strength. Beltre looked less gimpy in Game 6 on a right knee that had been bruised by a foul ball in Game 3.
Neither player, though, missed an inning of the ALCS, and, with no game to be played until Wednesday, should be a bit rejuvenated for the World Series.
Adams, Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz -- the Rangers' three biggest bullpen pieces -- need to rest their right arms for the best-of-seven Fall Classic.
The starting pitchers put an extra load on the bullpen by failing to register a quality start in the ALCS and averaging just five innings per game. That rotation performance came on top of an AL Division Series in which only one pitcher, Colby Lewis, went six innings.
Pitching coach Mike Maddux, though, likes the state of the Rangers' staff entering the World Series. The bullpen can handle a heavy workload now because the rotation handled a heavy workload in the regular season.
"Everybody's strong, and everybody's got each other's back," Maddux said. "We go out there as hard as we can as long as we can. The next guy does the same thing, and everybody's stepping up.
"If you managed in the regular season like you do in the playoffs, your bullpen would be shot by June. Our starters protected our bullpen all year long, and now we're able to really use the bullpen a lot."
With pitchers forced to hit in the first two games of the World Series, the bullpen could be busy if the starters can't work into the late innings. But with built-in off days scheduled for Friday and Oct. 25, a Tuesday, the bullpen will get chances to rest.
Rotation members, though, would like to carry a little more of the load.
"It was a tough series for us, not going more than five innings," said left-hander Matt Harrison, who worked five innings in Game 4.
"We've got to do a better job of getting deeper into games. A lot of us got our pitch counts up pretty quick. We need to be more aggressive in the zone early in the game and make them swing the bat."
First up, though, was needed rest Sunday ahead of a second straight trip to the World Series.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760