Barnette threw two perfect innings against the Angels on Wednesday, earning the hold. Barnette has been dominant out of the Ranger bullpen recently and his ERA fell to 2.33 after this appearance. The right-hander has allowed just one run in 8.2 innings this month and has earned three wins in the process. Texas relievers have a combined 5.32 ERA, worst in the American League, so Barnette could see more opportunities.
Barnette gave up a two-run homer in the eighth inning of Texas' 7-4 victory over Houston on Thursday. Barnette was coming off five straight appearances giving up no earned runs so it seems Thursday's poor outing was just a bump in the road. The 32-year-old is coming off a 41 save season where he held a 1.30 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in the Japan Central League so he's experienced success in relief roles. The Rangers will likely continue to use the righty in mid-to-late inning situations as long as he continues to get batters out.