Leclerc was not used to close out Sunday's game against the Padres because he had pitched the previous two days, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Leclerc expended 38 pitches in appearances Friday and Saturday and was rightly given the day off Sunday. Jeffrey Springs was given the save chance Sunday, but it didn't end well. He ceded a walkoff grand slam to San Diego's Franciso Mejia.
Leclerc didn't allow a baserunner and struck out one to record the save Saturday against the Padres. Leclerc made short work of the Padres, needing just 13 pitches to lock up the win for the Rangers and record his 11th save. He's converted all 11 of his opportunities since taking over the role in early August, making him one of the more productive closers as the season comes to an end.
Leclerc walked one and struck out two to register his 10th save of the season in Monday's 5-2 win over the Angels. Leclerc has been phenomenal, throwing 16 consecutive scoreless innings since July 28 while allowing just three hits during that span. The major bugaboo during Leclerc's first two seasons in the majors was an unseemly 7.9 BB/9, but he's lowered that to 3.9 this season and that mark has fallen even further since he became the Rangers' closer (2.7).
Leclerc struck out two in a scoreless inning of work to earn his ninth save of the season Tuesday against the Angels. Leclerc made quick work of his opponents, retiring the side in order while throwing nine of 12 pitches for strikes. He's now earned saves in eight of his last nine appearances while allowing just three baserunners and no earned runs during that span. Another strong outing gives Leclerc an outstanding 1.74 ERA for the season to go along with a 0.85 WHIP and an excellent 13.6 K/9.
Leclerc struck out two without allowing a baserunner to record his eighth save of the season Saturday against the Twins. Leclerc had no problem shutting down the Twins and remains perfect in save opportunities since taking over the role in August. In 11 innings, he has struck out 20 batters while allowing only one hit and four walks. He's locked in as the Rangers closer and should continue to rack up saves as the season comes to a close.