ST. LOUIS -- Arthur Rhodes pitched in Texas' bullpen from opening day until early August.
Then he pitched in St. Louis' pen the rest of the way.
And after the Cardinals clinched their 18th World Series berth in club history Sunday, Rhodes had an emphatic -- if biased -- opinion:
"I know our bullpen is better than theirs," he said of his Cardinals.
Each pen was splendid in the LCS. Texas' earned the W in all four of the Rangers' wins over Detroit in the ALCS. St. Louis' earned three wins in the NLCS.
Texas' bullpen compiled a 1.32 ERA in six ALCS games while fanning 25 Tigers and walking only six.
St. Louis' bullpen compiled a 1.88 ERA in six NLCS games while fanning 21 Brewers and walking only seven.
"If that's how he feels, that's how he feels," said Rangers set-up man Mike Adams, whom Texas acquired from San Diego in a July 31 deadline deal that came in just under the buzzer.
"We have the best bullpen in these playoffs," Adams continued. "Let's put it that way."
Rangers lefty Darren Oliver was amused.
"He said that about St. Louis?" Oliver said. "I guess we'll see in a week. He's supposed to say that. That's his team."
Rhodes was a little more modest on Tuesday.
"Both bullpens are great," Rhodes said. "Both bullpens throw strikes and get guys out. We have two left-handers in our pen [Rhodes and Mark Rzepcynski]. They have one, Darren Oliver.
"I think we have an advantage."
Except, Rhodes was off by one. While snapping up relief help at midseason, Texas GM Jon Daniels not only acquired Adams from the Padres and Koji Uehara from Baltimore, but Mike Gonzalez from the Orioles as well. In Gonzalez, the Rangers have a former closer and one more lefty in the pen.
Does that swing the advantage Texas' way?