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Bartolo Colon flirts with perfection

Big Sexy returns to his natural self.

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Keith Allison

Keith Allison

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By Reid Pitts, Staff Writer

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Sunday night, (4-15-18), 44 year old Bartolo Colon threw 7.2 perfect innings. A perfect game is when a pitcher allows zero hits, zero walks and zero runs in a minimum of 9 innings. There have only been 23 perfect games in the history of the MLB.

Many thought Bartolo was in his final years, having a slump last year, yet this tear of exemplary pitching is beginning to look like the norm for Big Bart. Having 11 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 17k in 2 starts and 2 relief appearances, he has earned a 1.45 ERA.

Additionally, The Astros’ Justin Verlander only allowed one hit, a home run from Robinson Chirinos, while striking out 11. Along with Big Sexy’s 1 hit and 7k, they became just the sixth pair of pitchers to log more than 7 innings with one or less hit since 1982.

If Bartolo had completed his perfect game, he would have become the oldest pitcher in MLB history to do so.

This recent performance should excite Rangers fans who are plagued with an injured lineup. To expect anything less of the legend Bartolo is an insult, a mockery of his legacy.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,

Long live Bartolo.

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