Another rough start for Bartolo. 34 comments


Adrian Beltre hits his tenth home run of the season, in what is, hopefully, not his last season.

 

That great Cinderalla story might be coming to its “and they lived happily after ever” part.

Bartolo Colon is running on fumes. The ageless wonder, who so brilliantly and surprisingly dominated early this season, was picked up off the scrap heap where his general manager is owns a frequent buyer’s card after posting a 6.48 ERA in 2017.

His season started in the bullpen because even his bosses didn’t think he had it in him. But after being one of the few competent pitchers with Texas on his uniform, Colon was moved into the rotation. After six starts, his ERA was 2.82.

It felt good to finally have a feel good story about a Rangers pitcher. Sadly, it didn’t last.

His next game he allowed six earned runs in just over five innings. And he never was the same after that. Or maybe, sadly, he was the same pitcher he was in 2017.

Maybe time has finally caught up to him, like hitters are catching up to his fast ball. Last night, he allowed five runs in just four innings against the Angels, even in spite of the fact that Mike Trout wasn’t in the lineup. (Yet, Shohei Ohtani was, after announcing he would undergo Tommy John for his pitching elbow. Obvioulsy it doesn’t affect his batting elbow; he went 4-for-4 with two home runs.)

When Colon left the game down 5-0, it was too big of a hole for the Rangers to crawl out of, eventually losing 9-3.

Colon’s performance puts the Rangers in a tough spot. He’s a free agent after this season and probably not in their long-term plans, although you cannot count that out with this front office. So, do they continue giving Colon starts? Or do they give those starts to others to try to sort out for next year this mess of the pitching staff?

But then the question becomes, who? It’s not like there is a long line of starters in waiting. And what do September starts really teach anyone if they come against other teams also just playing out the string?

Even though he has struggled of late, Bartolo Colon has had a remarkable career, became the winningest Latin-born pitcher of all time this season. That’s significant. You can’t take that away from him.

*****
NO GAME TODAY.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Would like to see BC OUT of the BP and spot stert next yr

    • Nathan Whitten

      That sounds like a possibility. I feel like he will retire, though. He got the record. He’s getting knocked around…That can’t be fun.

  • Nathan Whitten

    Your ending comments do speak to what has to be considered a very big deal. The most wins by a Latino pitcher has to mean a lot to Colon. Thinking of all of the great pitchers from Latin America, it’s an honor of high magnitude. Of course there is no official award, but Colon knows what he has done and so do all Latin-born pitchers. For that matter, so does any real fan of MLB.

    As you say, it is over. The guy nearly pitched a perfect game and was the best pitcher amongst these (mostly) vagabonds for about 1/3 of a season. We had to know it could not last. He did do far more than anyone in MLB expected before the magic expired. I say to Colon, “Thank you for doing your best and for helping this team. I am happy for you as far as setting the record of wins for a Latino pitcher.”
    Now we get down to the questions you pose. As you say, it’s not like there is a busload of high-level prospects to try out. However, if there is even one who deserves a look-see, regardless of whether they’ve been up, that’s what should be done. I am getting to the point of thinking ABD doesn’t have it. I am not ready to give up on him, but we haven’t seen much this year, unless I missed something. I am not familiar enough with other prospects to suggest alternatives. The kid who pitched after the “opener” certainly needs to be pitching.
    I do not know if Colon has to sit to give chances to others. There are some games remaining that will not be meaningless to the opposition, although the AL is mostly bereft of close races. Oakland-Houston is about it. I suppose Seattle is on the fringes of the WC race. At any rate, I’d like to see anyone that might help next year pitch in games involving one of those 3 teams. Whether to continue to use Colon. Sure–why not? I say no only if he is in the way of a prospect. I don’t think he is. The Rangers have put worse out there(Moore). I see no harm in letting him try for that perfect game.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Good post….FYI
      …ABD just got called up

      • Nathan Whitten

        Thanks, and I’m not down on ABD, just disappointed at his recent showings.. I fully expected a callup. Let’s hope he does well.

  • Gregor_S

    Just a comment on Ohtani. I hope he decides to put off TJ surgery in order to stay active as a hitter next year. If he does, there’s a chance that with a year of rest his elbow will heal on its own. Not saying that’s likely but years ago, before TJ, elbow injuries weren’t regarded as necessarily career-ending. It was rotator cuff injuries that were. (I don’t know if Minor’s shoulder surgery was on his rotator cuff — they’ve just said “torn labrum” so maybe that’s less serious. Or maybe shoulder surgery has gotten a lot better.) I assume elbow injuries were as common as they are now but many pitchers who had them continued to pitch, perhaps after missing some time. If Ohtani rejects surgery and recovers, maybe teams will be less quick to recommend TJ to pitchers. As I vaguely recall, even in the early years after TJ was developed it was relatively rare, nothing like it is today. It would be interesting to hear what Dr. Jobe, who devised the surgery, would say if he were still alive.

    Haven’t had a chance to post much lately but have tried to keep up with your intro pieces Midol and have found them to be must reading as usual. I wish I could write well enough to offer you the praise you deserve. I’m just in awe of how you can crank out these gems day after day.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Don’t like to embarrass Kev…but I am the Ghostwriter on most pieces…LO. Good statement on TJ…I think in many teams opinions they are willing to go the TJ route, cuz most of the pitchers come back better. Think they all grew up watching 6 million dollar man…..I guess if they did a sequel it would be 20 million dollar man

      • Gregor_S

        Aha, the truth comes out! I knew Kevin couldn’t write all those pieces by himself and still hold down a full-time job. Now if only we can get him to ghostwrite some of your posts it would all work out for the best.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Haha…..uppercut from the Rock…nice

        • Nathan Whitten

          There has to be a way to work it out. It is good to hear from you.

          • Gregor_S

            Thanks Nathan. I always enjoy reading your posts.

    • dearmidol

      Today on MLB Network Radio, they said that Ohtani would be ready to DH three months after Tommy John surgery. So he could still DH all this year, have the surgery at the beginning of the off-season, and be ready to DH opening day. Amazing.

      • dearmidol

        Oh, and thanks for the kind words.

      • Gregor_S

        Wow. Well I guess that’s good but it probably clinches his decision — he’ll have the surgery. I suppose he would have regardless. The Angels are recommending it and he wouldn’t want to be rude to his American hosts.

    • von_todwin

      That is interesting. I wonder how long the natural recovery would take, since most pitchers don’t have Ohtani’s useful little side gig. But would be nice for something to at least force an awareness of alternatives.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep….that was the silly thing that a lot of fans thought was going to be a change,,,,,,,he needs to hit alone.

        • von_todwin

          I guess. It seems like it was going pretty well until the injury, which just seems to be par for the course for pitchers today. Not sure it rules out the pitching any more than another pitcher’s TJ surgery.

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    Here are the pics for today. There’s no chance we can lose today, so have a great day! 😄

    The limerick was written by Eric Nadel for Jared Sandler.

    I’m really going to miss that Sosh face. He looks the exact same whether they are winning or losing. Ha!

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    • JacobMcCandles

      Nadel does a limerick every game….good stuff

      • GoRangers23

        Yes, he does. I have tried to remember them so that I can post them, but I never can.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Betting public swayed by Jakes service……got ATL +3 they are now a fav!! Are you ready for some football!!! Best time of yr bar none for sports!!

    • Nathan Whitten

      You and I must part on this one, my good man. Baseball playoffs are the best–but, they are in “this time of the year” so–I suppose we are still on the same page.
      Still, you have by now no doubt deduced that I am a weirdo, or to be nice, eccentric. I really don’t care very much about football. There–you KNOW for sure I am a weirdo. The terrible damage it does to people’s brains is my main objection. Also, the blatant misappropriation of monies at colleges is near and not dear to my heart. I think you know I am now a retired math prof(although I still teach one Calculus II class this fall at a school different from where I taught for 28 years). Anyway, the school I was at did not give the faculty a raise the last four years I was there. The whole time they propped up a football program that NO ONE cared about. They didn’t sell 200 tickets a game. Yet, they claimed to make money on football!!!!!. And the board believed that BS. Yet, they didn’t have enough money to even give us a COL raise–nothing.

      That aside, I do understand the attraction of football. Millions of Americans agree with you. I just can’t sit through a game. But, I hope you enjoy the season and that your favorite team wins the Super Bowl(unless it is the Cowboys). If it is the Cowboys, ummm, ahem, errr. I’ll stop while I’m ahead. 🙂

      PS: Where do you get those “faces?” There’s a name for them, but I can’t remember it.

      • dearmidol

        Nathan, I am with you. Never cared for football. I don’t watch it.

      • Rowdy Yates

        NW I have to admit I’m a dyed in the wool college football fan. At the same time I agree with every one of your concerns about college football. It’s dangerous, gotten too big, can corrupt the ‘regular’ college experience for players and at most schools does not pay for itself. It is obscene that the highest paid state employee in most states is a University football coach. But I can’t help it. I still love the game. Would like to see the NCAA disappear and be replaced with a legit oversight organization. But that’s not going to happen. Too much TV money involved.

        Except for my beloved Green Bay Packers I don’t watch pro football. So, in TX that means I watch a couple games a year. 🏈

      • JacobMcCandles

        I enjoy both…and they satisfy different emotions. Will say there is nothing that bonds people and or family than BB. Scary (My Uncle) posted this often and will share as well…the great Southern author Pat Conroy stated that BB was invented so a Father and son would have something to talk about.

        But yes, this being the best time of the yr for sports includes BB playoffs,football start…..

      • GoRangers23

        If you are on a cell phone or device like an iPad, you access the emojis from the keypad. There should be a smiley face on the bottom of your keypad. Hit that and it will open up all of your emojis. I have no idea how to get them from a computer, but I would follow Rowdy’s suggestion below.

  • JacobMcCandles

    RIP BANDIT…..Burt Reynolds passes

    • dearmidol

      He was an icon.

  • JacobMcCandles
    • JacobMcCandles

      People like this are who we/some vote to represent us…..rude SOB

      • von_todwin

        This video was posted on YouTube three years ago and is pretty run-of-the-mill for Congressional hearings, so not sure the point. Also, “We don’t” is in fact an answer to “Why do you need it?,” so thank goodness for Gowdy rushing in like the annoying little twerp he usually is.

        Members of Congress are limited in the time they have to answer questions, and it is a stalling tactic to take longer than necessary to answer those questions. Gowdy’s sanctimonious little “you daggon’ right” is laughable. Especially given a more recent hearing, where Gowdy was one of the GOP reps repeatedly trying to prevent Peter Strzok from fully answering questions directly posed to him and deciding on their own what a “full” answer meant.

        Also, I personally like political arguments, but dropping a one-sided comment like it’s a settled point is a good way to make it a wholly pointless exercise.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Well,,,a certain amt of value there..lol….its like people watching CNN or Fox to reinforce their biases as opposed to be open minded to diff views……its the sad thing about PC….philosophy was good intention…the end result has been failure.

  • GoRangers23

    This should be a video with Jared Sandler and Joey Gallo.

    https://www.facebook.com/Rangers/videos/866320440236466/