Rangers have their ace. 30 comments


One pitch. That’s all it took for the long national nightmare to end. Shin-Soo Choo hit Edwin Jackson’s first pitch over the wall in left center to break the scoring drought. And just like that the Rangers had a lead in Oakland, after being shut out twice in a row.

Once they dented the plate, they decided to make a habit of it.

But the story wasn’t Choo’s home run, or Gallo’s later on. It wasn’t that the Rangers finally scored—there was no doubt it would happen and little concern it was anything other than running up against a brick wall two consecutive games. The story was how dominating Mike Minor was.

Of the scrap heap picks this off-season—Colon, Fister, Moore, Lincecum—one actually worked out: Mike Minor.

Yesterday he was brilliant. Six innings. Eighteen batters. One hit. Zero runs.

Minor now has ten wins for the season, which is remarkable considering the Rangers have just 57 total wins.

On a team that is totally bereft of arms, Mike Minor is suddenly the ace of the staff.