Happy 40th Birthday, JD. We got you something.
We got you two wins. TEX 7, LAA 5 at 12:50 a.m., and TEX 3, LAA 0 at 11:53 p.m.
Winning series on the road is hard.
Winning four-game series on the road is very hard.
Winning four-game series on the road against a team you’re chasing is awesome.
Winning four-game series on the road against a team you’re chasing is especially awesome given that you did so Gallolessly, Bushlessly, Kelalessly, and, in three of the games, Colelessly.
We got you two wins on your birthday, each of which ended with a Rangers reliever slamming things shut for his first career big league save. The Rangers pen in those two games, without Bush and without Kela, allowed one hit in six innings.
(Never mind the walks for now, JD. It was your birthday.)
It was your birthday and you gained ground on the Yankees and on the Twins (nice work, Derek Holland) and on the Royals and on the Mariners and most emphatically on the Angels, which is every team ahead of you in the Wild Card race, and now you visit the A’s, while the latter three teams, the ones just ahead of you, draw slam dunk playoff teams (Cleveland, New York, Houston), and I can type this I can type this I can type this Go Astros (this weekend) and I hope the Yankees appeal all those suspensions to get through the Seattle series intact and the Angels didn’t want Adrian Beltre in January 2011 and didn’t want Mike Napoli any more in January 2011 and now Beltre (three homers in this series) is a .285/.342/.520 career hitter in Anaheim and Napoli (one big bomb last night) is at .319/.422/.623 lifetime against the Scioscia’s and Martin threw 74 percent strikes last night, easily a season best, with no walks, which I’m confident is a career best, and when Martin pitches with confidence, man, and another thing we got you for your birthday was a game that featured both a winning pitcher named Garcia and a losing pitcher named Garcia, a day after there was a game that featured both a winning pitcher named Castro and a losing pitcher named Castro, and that reminds me that I’m ready to declare that last night’s Rangers save was recorded by a pitcher who’s already the best Ricardo Rodriguez in franchise history and the debate is probably closer on the two Mike Bacsik’s and the two Sandy Alomar’s but a good bit clearer on the Doug Davis’s and the Kevin Brown’s and I’ll place my bet now on the Rougned Odor’s and let’s pour out a 40 on Luis Ortiz and, hey, 40, Happy Birthday man, and let’s hope 2018 is strong enough that Bobby Witt isn’t a possibility in 2019, and speaking of names did you know that there have been as many Perez’s to ever play for the Rangers as Saltalamacchia’s because that shocked me but maybe not as much as that 74 percent strike percentage last night, and we also got you Pedro Gonzalez’s Rangers debut for Spokane on your birthday, in a game that Cole Ragans was good in but not as good as Hickory’s A.J. Alexy or Frisco’s Yohander Mendez (Game One) or Frisco’s Pedro Payano (Game Two), and Brady Feigl and Reid Garrett (a hitless four strikeouts and two groundouts) were really good in relief in that second Riders game but Connor Sadzeck is the one I’ve got my eye on for now and Doug Melvin used to make trades on his birthday (Witt Sr. one year, John Burkett the next, and that latter deal was the best one the Rangers ever made involving Ryan Dempster and sorry, I know it’s your birthday, so, yeah, sorry) and, hey, is it possible that the Rays (Cishek, Hunter, Romo) or Orioles (O’Day) or Jays (Leone, Tepera, Barnes) could become sellers over these next six days though if any of those relievers have already been run out this month I’m sure all but O’Day were claimed and then withdrawn so oh well and did you realize that on your 50th birthday Jurickson’s brand new baby boy will celebrate his 10th birthday which means we will probably have already filed half a dozen scouting reports on him and Watch Out for Andrison Pena and on your birthday it was announced Globe Life Park will be succeeded by Globe Life Field and I’m not sure whether Chan Ho Park or Tommy Field had the better Rangers career but it’s at least a lot closer to a Bacsik or Alomar heat than a Davis or Brown discussion and, man, I’m a Ricky Rodriguez fan and I’m a Drew Robinson fan and I’m a Willie Calhoun fan and also on your birthday you decided to move Nick Martinez back into the rotation and Tyson Ross out and that feels energizing both because Nick has always been nails against Oakland and because he’s been dealing at Round Rock speaking of which I noticed Jake Diekman has now thrown three perfect innings for Frisco (four strikeouts, 23 strikes in 36 pitches) and did you get a birthday cake the way Anthony Iapoce got a birthday cake the day before and, man, it’s not only cool that two of your guys each recorded his first big league save on your birthday and that you’re now closer mathematically to a playoff spot than you’ve been at any time since mid-April but also that, at different times on your birthday your club was under .500, at .500, and over .500, and that’s especially cool given the sequence, so, JD, Happy Birthday, and here’s to the vision of another one of these.