Perfect enough. 159 comments


 

 

Bartolo Colon retired the first twenty-one Houston Astros he faced last night.

He walked Carlos Correa to lead off the eighth inning to lose the perfect game. Then Josh Reddick doubled to end the no-hitter. Then Yuli Gurriel scored Correa with a sac fly to end the shutout.

But Colon was brilliant nonetheless.

After being swept by the best team in baseball, the Rangers were in bad need of a break and they got it with the Houston Astros, who haven’t been great since they won the World Series way back in 2017.

Baseball has a funny way of evening things out.

Bartolo Colon was an afterthought. He was signed for one reason only. To make one start in place of Martin Perez.

He made it. Then he was released.

Fortunately desperation set in. So the Rangers re-signed him.

Jon Daniels, who is a good general manager other than his inability to evaluate talent and build a roster, reluctantly kept the only starting pitcher that has been great.

If not for a hip injury to Doug Fister, Colon would be long gone.

But the Rangers caught a break. Colon pitched a gem. Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs. And Texas has a winning streak. An honest-to-goodness bonafide winning streak.

It wasn’t a perfect game. But it was baseball played perfectly. Rangers fans will take that.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Martin Perez (1-1, 11.88) vs. Blake Snell (1-1, 3.60)
Game time: 6:10

Snell has never faced the Rangers.
How the Rays hit against Perez.

 

 

 

  • Rowdy Yates

    It’s actually been a pleasure to watch the Rangers’ last two games. Not just because they won, though that certainly helped, but because they got great pitching and some clutch hitting when it counted. And even they even got a little defense when needed.

  • elkaba

    Just my luck to be tied up with family and miss most of the only two games worth watching so far this season… bummer. But I’ll take the bright spot anyway- we needed this.
    (BTW, Bartolo is certainly big and winning is certainly sexy. I hope this helps everyone understand his nickname better now. 🙂

  • Tony Howell

    Colon had the best spring of any of the starters and JD tried to run him off, wait a minute he did run him off. Ok then he brought him back. Jd must be a wizard he sees things the rest of us can’t , you know like quality pitchers Mr Moore Mr Fister and Mr Perez. Maybe the wizard got lucky and hit on 1 out of 5 of his flea market finds.

    • dearmidol

      He just needs to do the opposite of his natural instincts and he will be fine.

  • GoRangers23

    https://twitter.com/rangers/status/985549812379467776?s=21
    I am hoping that this will be the new Rangers Most Likely. Refresh

    • elkaba

      Rowdy’s got to do something about her eyebrows. I know she likes to be “one of the guys,” but that doesn’t need to include those brows. It’s just not a good look for Miss Em.

      • GoRangers23

        I agree.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Emily can do no wrong….except when she converts those Motel 6 curtains into dresses

    • TD30

      Can’t wait to read the first romance novel from DD 🤣😂

      • GoRangers23

        Lol

  • WhoKnowscs

    You missed the Chance to use the Headline “Big Bad Bart.”

    • GoRangers23

      There will hopefully be many more!

  • WhoKnowscs
  • GoRangers23
    • GoRangers23

      This is an article titled: 10 amazing facts from epic Colon-Verlander duel.

  • GoRangers23

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  • GoRangers23
  • calntom

    Colon must have been “working out” a lot over the off season to be in tip top shape for 2018.

    • possumrld

      Yeah he must be down from 350 pounds to 315 pounds now! 🙂

  • possumrld

    “Jon Daniels, who is a good general manager other than his inability to evaluate talent and build a roster” ha!ha! Another funny line that indeed got me to laughing, (as usual) from your ever dry and witty sense of humor, Kev!
    I would disagree with you on a nit picky point though. To me, two wins ins not a winning streak. To me two wins is are “back to back wins”. I think it would take 3 wins to have a “streak”. But that is just one of my grammatical hair splitter’s.
    The spirit of your point is well taken, hair splitting not withstanding.

  • theolderigetthebetteriwas

    Question,,,When Elvis gets back who would you like to be Rangers 2nd baseman going forward….Profar or Odor

    • possumrld

      Odor. He is getting paid the ridiculous big bucks, so he will play no matter how terrible he is.

      • theolderigetthebetteriwas

        I know who the Rangers will choose because as usual they have put themselves in a corner by signing guys to a big contract to quickly. Take the contract out of it and then who would you rather have.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Odor…trade Profarless to the Siberian Tigers

          • possumrld

            ha! ha! You are tough, Jake!

          • JacobMcCandles

            : )

        • possumrld

          Personally, I dislike Odor, and I always have. But to be realistic, I think he does have more potential than Profar does, especially on the bases, with his much better speed. But if it were me, when Odor gets off of the DL, I would him for a good long while, big contract or not, just so he could have a good long taste of some humble pie, and then maybe he would get hungrier for playing on more of a professional level again.
          In the meantime, if Profar progressed with more playing time, while Stinky sat on the bench, that would be a big plus for the team. But unfortunately, I don’t think JD & company are going to be thinking along those lines.

  • possumrld

    Observances.
    1. The middle of the order provided all of the runs and hits, with zeros on both ends. That does’t necessarily say anything bad about the rest of the lineup, because there were a lot oz “zero’s” being recorded by hitters on both teams last night.
    2. Killing Monkeys – The Rangers got 2 big monkeys off of their backs last night, and another big one got knocked off earlier in the series. 1st, were our first back to back wins of the season, which automatically killed the 2nd monkey, which was winning our first series of the season. Another big Monkey that got knocked off was Beltre’s first home run of the seaosn.
    3 Colon must be one of the classiest players I have ever seen. He is certainly the kind of guy you would want in the clubhouse. And it is sure a good thing JD was forced to give him this start. Maybe he won’t last, because at his age, it is very touch and go. But we need him now, and maybe, just maybe, he can contribute a few more wins in the early going.

  • JacobMcCandles

    I see the Rangers continuing the streak….sorry B2B (poss) LOL

  • TD30

    Rangers add INF-OF Renato Nunez to active roster and option OF Ryan Rua to Round Rock. Nunez will wear #20
    Poor Rua

    • JacobMcCandles

      Maybe his last shot…

    • WhoKnowscs

      With Guzman up, Gallo will pretty much play LF most.

    • WhoKnowscs

      When can Robinson join him?

    • Tony Howell

      Nunez picked up on waivers from the A’s. Jd must have trickled them into putting him on waivers. I can hear JD know “another peice to master mind plan”.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Is that why I’ve never heard of him?

        • Tony Howell

          you have now. He’s part of a plan that none of us little minded fans can understand.

  • JacobMcCandles
  • FlappingGums

    I’ve been gone most of the day today. I haven’t had a chance to read today’s posts. But I’m sister I’m not the only one today to say something to the effect of “What a game we had last night!!!” That game was WOW! The pitching, fielding & batting were great! 😁😀😀

    • FlappingGums

      Sister should be SURE.

  • TD30
    • FlappingGums

      Thank you TD? 😀

      • FlappingGums

        ? Should be !

  • Tony Howell

    Nunez done made the starting lineup. A no body cut one day starts for us the next day. Is there no hope. Desperate times in Arlington, we have a 100 kids in our minors and not one not one that could move up. Unbelievable😭

    • dearmidol

      Amazing, huh?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Sounds like a move so JD can say he’s trying, without really putting any decision making effort in.

    • calntom

      Saving option years on all the top talent…..

  • calntom

    IF, Colon can continue to perform well, he could be a huge commodity for a trade at some point. I hope the Rangers play it smart with his work load in order to assist with keeping him healthy until a prospect or two can be had.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    Any idea why I can’t see everyones twitter posts?

  • calntom

    Perez out of a jam in the 1st only giving up 1 run. Maybe he will settle in now

    • calntom

      I reckon, settle in to get pounded….

  • calntom

    From MLB Trade Rumors:
    The Rangers have acquired backstop Tony Sanchez from the Reds, both team announced. Cash or a player to be named later will head back in return.

    Once a highly-regarded prospect with the Pirates, the 29-year-old Sanchez has settled in as an upper-level depth piece. He’ll head to the Rangers’ top affiliate to take the place of Brett Nicholas, who was recently dealt to the Padres.

    Sanchez has just 156 total plate appearances at the MLB level in four seasons of action, over which he carries a .257/.301/.375 batting line. He spent the bulk of 2017 at the Triple-A level with the Angels organization, where he posted a .272/.355/.374 slash with four long balls in 284 trips to the plate.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Martin Perez, the Next Derek Holland.

    • possumrld

      Only worse!

  • possumrld

    Profar should have eaten that one.
    And when is the Rangers front office going to figure out Martin Perez just doesn’t belong in the big leagues.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Does this mean another to the DL?

    • possumrld

      If he is really hurt, and not just upset, this may be the end of the line for Profar.

  • possumrld

    MP is totally ineffective. He needs to be yanked, like now!

  • FlappingGums

    This is frustrating.

  • azrangerfan

    I know it just Tampa Bay, but this game is over.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Tampa has always developed good starters.

  • WhoKnowscs

    They use to say the Rays sucked at offense. Turns out they just needed to face the Rangers.

  • FlappingGums

    What morbid music – & they’re confused why no one comes to their gamea.

  • FlappingGums

    Pull MP.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Time for a Granny.

  • FlappingGums

    Good catcn, Tocci!

  • azrangerfan

    I feel sorry for the season ticket holders.

    • WhoKnowscs

      JD’s looking to make them his talent scouts. If they’ll purchase season tickets based on his off season at Seconds and Surplus then he’s got a spot for them in the front office. they GET it.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gomez will homer later.

  • possumrld

    This is a typical MP start, where the Rangers are already beaten after 2 “whole” innings.
    It is so discouraging to see MP run out there, game after game, start after star, with no better result, and no improvement.

  • azrangerfan

    Boo Hoo Hoo! Injuries have just decimated this team. What a load of crap.

    • possumrld

      Injuries have given the front office a very weak alibi.

      • azrangerfan

        JD decimated this team. It has nothing to do with injuries and everything to do with a lack of talent.

        • FlappingGums

          I agree with hoj, az.

          • FlappingGums

            Not hoj….you!

        • possumrld

          But that won’t stop them from riding their injury alibi like a worn out old nag anyway

  • possumrld

    Any bets on how many base runners MP allows this inning?

    • azrangerfan

      Can’t be many he’s close to maxing out his pitch count.

      • possumrld

        true!

  • possumrld

    Here we go again…

    • FlappingGums

      Oh geeez!

    • FlappingGums

      This is bad.

  • possumrld

    There is no activity in the Rangers bullpen. I guess Banney is going to “Let Perez try to work through this” for the 10th time.

    • azrangerfan

      Really no reason to burn another arm at this point.

      • possumrld

        Yep, they should have just yanked him after the first inning if they intended to keep this a game.

  • azrangerfan

    You think Beltre has figured out yet that JD flat out lied to him about the team being competitive this year.

    • FlappingGums

      Yep.

    • FlappingGums

      Sad, isn’t it?!

    • possumrld

      Beltre already knew better. He probably likes the prospects of being traded to a competitive team later on in the season.

  • possumrld

    Robinson sucks

    • calntom

      Dang Poss. Quite the pointed review of his efforts….

  • possumrld

    Well “Rounders”, (As Jake says) I have ’bout enjoyed all of this I can stand.
    I may duck back in later on, when it is 9 or 10 to 1.
    And GALLO ROCKS!!!

    • FlappingGums

      Later, Possu m!

      • possumrld

        Fer sher Flappers!

  • FlappingGums

    WooHoo JOEY GALLO!!!

  • FlappingGums

    Has everybody given up and left?

  • FlappingGums

    Oh this is making .Me angry now.. I’ll check back in later.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Late to the party…out of therapy…why is Drew at SS and not Alfalfa?

  • WhoKnowscs

    After the weekend, it’s back to your normally scheduled programming.

  • calntom

    Perez’ head is still at his ranch. Day dreaming of roping doggies on the next roundup.

  • calntom

    Perez likely only had two pitches tonight, flat or fat. Maybe a combo of both.

    • possumrld

      Serving up free grapefruits and cantaloupes!

    • WhoKnowscs

      He was given subway before the game. He must have had meatball but decided to give them away rather than eat them.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Moore starts tomorrow. Maybe pitching vs the team that originally drafted and developed him will jog some memory and he’ll pitch like he use to.

    • WhoKnowscs

      i’m not holding my breath though.

  • WhoKnowscs

    20 pitches per out?

  • possumrld

    Has anyone heard if Profar was really hurt yet? I was thinking it may have been one of those classic “NFL roll around on the ground” acts, after missing an easy tackle, resulting in a touchdown.

  • Keith

    It is a sad state of affairs in this organization when the best pitcher we have had this far this season is Colon–a last minute signee to pitch in an emergency situation. Doesnt say much for our GM or our talent scouts, does it?!

    • possumrld

      And Colon almost did not even get to pitch

    • FlappingGums

      I agree!

  • WhoKnowscs

    It could be worse!!!!! Miami 0 – Yankees 11

    • FlappingGums

      Yikes!

  • azrangerfan

    I know he’ll never be a Verlander but I’ve always liked Chavez. He’s a fighter.

  • possumrld

    So it turns out Profar “got hit on the head” during the slide. There is no way to know this, but if there was I would bet odd on that he would have stayed in the game, if he had made that play instead of muffing it so badly

  • possumrld

    Robinson got a hit!

  • Rowdy Yates

    In Colorado tonight helping wife get her Dad (97 yrs old) get settled in his new digs in Asstd Living unit near her 2 brothers. Home again by tomorrow night hopefully while she stays another 4 days and gets him settled in.

    Are the Rays actually ahead 8 to 1? So Perez must’ve been horrible.

    Watching the Rockies and Pirates. Looks about 5 below zero there and I’m guessing 750 fans in the stadium.

    • FlappingGums

      I hope all goes well with and for your father in law.
      Yes, it’s 8-1 Tampa Bay and yes Perez was horrible!
      Have a safe trip home!

    • Keith

      Perez was….Perez

    • GoRangers23

      Have a good trip back Rowdy! Stay safe! Wow! 97 years. That’s awesome!

  • WhoKnowscs

    The Rangers have scored a total of 56 runs this season in 17 games and 6.1 innings.

    • WhoKnowscs

      16 runs from solo homer . . . of 19 total homers.

  • FlappingGums

    What happened with Beltre? I was busy while he was up to bat..

    • WhoKnowscs

      he singled.

      • FlappingGums

        Great!!!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Drew Walked.

  • FlappingGums

    WooHoo NOMAR!!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Rua’s been a bust but I don’t see how Nunez is any better.

    At least my NL team, the Reds, are gonna get win #3 tonight.

  • FlappingGums

    Now 8-4

  • isittime

    What’d I miss? Looking at the stats, seems like Perez imploded with the help of some shaky defense.

    • GoRangers23

      Profar left the game with a possible concussion.

      • isittime

        Ugh

        • GoRangers23

          It was really weird. He was away from the base, but in the path of the runner. He got run over. I wonder if this will teach him to get out of the way? I sure hope so!

          • isittime

            I hope so. You learn that in little league

          • GoRangers23

            Yep. You would think that someone would have talked to him about that after Elvis got thrown at the other day.

      • FlappingGums

        Hi Go? I wondered where you were. How are you doing tonight?

        • GoRangers23

          I’m fine! How are you? I spent the day in Burleson. I missed a lot of the game, but I started it from the beginning and fast forwarded a lot of it so that I could find out what happened to Profar.

          • FlappingGums

            I’m glad you got to see some of the game even though it’s a good one to miss.

          • GoRangers23

            I had a good day in Burleson, despite losing the old plant store. My grandparents lived there almost their entire adult lives and I have several cousins and an aunt and uncle that still live there. It has changed so much! It is fun to go look and see what has changed. I haven’t been to Burleson during the day in almost an entire year, because I stopped going over there every week, after my painting teacher stopped painting. There are sad memories there, but a lot more happy ones. I really like it there. When I was young, coming to see my grandparents, there was almost nothing there, and my grandparents lived way, way out of town. Then the town came to them and they ended up at the edge of it. 😄. I liked to not made it out of the HEB. That place has all kind of interesting things in it. I am wondering how good their bakery is. Things sure looked delicious!

          • FlappingGums

            The HEB Bakery here is really good!!!

          • GoRangers23

            It is? I wasn’t sure, and the things there are kind of expensive and I didn’t want to pay that much without knowing if it was good or not. It’s like $3 or $4 for a single cupcake. I did try their cannoli one time and it was good, but I have never had an authentic one, so I didn’t know what it was really supposed to taste like.

          • FlappingGums

            Oh! And I’m doing okay. I had a full day today but I got out of the house to go to respiratory therapy. And tomorrow I go back to the hospital for another type of test. It’ll be another full day tomorrow.

          • GoRangers23

            Well, I’m glad you got to get out for a little while.

    • FlappingGums

      Perez was really off tonight.

  • FlappingGums

    We just got beat by the Tampa Bay Rays. I didn’t expect that. Bummer! 😕

  • isittime

    Perez has a 13.39 era. Ouch!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Hard to win when the starter gets pounded like Perez did and the bottom 4 guys in the batting order go 1 for 15.

      • isittime

        I’m guessing we’re going to more of that than the pitching gems we witness last night from this rotation.

  • GoRangers23

    I drove all the way to Burleson to go to a plant store that my grandpa used to get his plants from every year. I have been getting mine there for at least ten years. The place was all boarded up. It was sad. I guess the Sams there, or something else new put them out of business. I hate it because they had $1.50 plants as opposed to $3.77 plants from Walmart, Home Depot, and Lowe’s. They had been in business for something like 35 years. I will now need to find a new place for garden plants. I hate it when small dependable businesses go away. 😞

    • FlappingGums

      Oh, that is sad. Good luck on finding a new good nursery. I went through exactly the same thing a few years back. We now spend the $3.77 & simply get fewer plants and also get seeds. It’s sad and disappointing.

      • GoRangers23

        They always had a cat in there that was as big as a dog. It seems like it was a different cat almost every time I went in there, but I think there were more than one. One of them was always laying on the counter. They were HUGE! I never knew cats could get that big.

    • JacobMcCandles

      HEB in Burleson…best grocery store available. And a great BBQ place

  • JacobMcCandles

    Didn’t see the play….radio announcers railing on Profarless for another defesive lapse….don’t we have Alberto?

    • GoRangers23

      I thought we let him go? I’m not sure. The play was strange. He ended up in the path of the baserunner and the guy ran over him.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I don’t see the earlier season start staying. Already had 25 games or so postponed.

    • FlappingGums

      You think the season will start later?

      • WhoKnowscs

        No just back to the usual first week of April time frame. But not March 26th-27th.

  • WhoKnowscs

    M’s Closer is now 7 for 7 in save chances with a 0.00 ERA.

    • WhoKnowscs

      And the Astros lost.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Appears Houston has been reading all the accolades bestowed on them. Wasted 4 great starting pitching efforts. Gotta play the games on the field, not paper