Bartolo Colon. Those two words take you back to the early-mid 2000s when the hefty starter was winning 20 games and winning Cy Young Awards like he did in 2005 with the Los Angeles Angels when he was a knife in the side of the Texas Rangers multiple times per year.
Since that year, the overweight, odd-looking dude just hasn't been the same. Until Wednesday night when he shut down the most feared, albeit struggling, lineup in all of baseball, shutting the Rangers out for the first time this season.
Colon, at one point, had faced 25 batters on Wednesday and had thrown 21 balls. That's ridiculous. He was relentlessly pounding the strike zone, and the Rangers could not make him pay for it as he went eight innings, throwing 100 pitches.
The Rangers are in all kinds of offensive funk. They're mired in a homerless streak, they haven't had an extra-base hit in 30-something at-bats and they aren't capitalizing with runners in scoring position. The concerning thing is that the lineup is at full strength with no injuries, and yet they're still being exposed.
Just ask Bartolo Colon. Yes, Bartolo Colon.