Texas Rangers

Rangers’ Bush seeing hitters get more aggressive

Special to the Star-Telegram

Texas Rangers right-hander Matt Bush retired only one of the four Cleveland Indians he faced Tuesday as he worked for the 10th time in 17 games since he joined the Rangers on May 13.

Fatigue isn’t an issue, Bush said, but the fact that he needs to make an adjustment after the league has started adjusting to him. The right-hander is a premium strike-thrower, and opposing hitters are starting to swing early and often.

He threw nine pitches, eight strikes, and the Indians swung at every strike.

“I think it’s obvious I’m throwing more than I’ve been used to, but my arm feels good and I’m happy because I love being out there in games,” Bush said. “It’s obvious how much guys have been swing at me the last few games, especially on the first pitch. Everyone knows I’m throwing strikes. It’s up to me to stay confident with my stuff and my strength but definitely mix things up a little.”

Rangers right-hander Matt Bush said that his MLB debut was better than he expected and that the crowd gave him chills (video by Jeff Wilson).

Bush said that his command is good enough that he can intentionally miss away either to make a batter chase away or inside to get a batter off the plate and keep him from getting too comfortable.

The Indians’ three singles in four at-bats pushed Bush’s opponents average to .275. He has allowed multiple hits in four of his past five appearances.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels explains why Matt Bush was promoted to the major leagues (video by Jeff Wilson).