Between his age and his girth, Bartolo Colon has become a walking meme, but in a real-world sense, he's still an effective pitcher. He hands out so few free passes that his strikeout-to-walk ratio rates up there with aces like Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber and Mets teammates Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey. But of course, his stuff is nothing close to theirs, and it shows in his strikeout rate and ERA. He'll still have stretches where he baffles hitters, making him a popular streamer player during the season, but he may not be long for the starting rotation with Zack Wheeler working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Leave Colon for NL-only leagues.
Colon agreed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Colon should begin the season as the Mets fifth starter with Zack Wheeler still sidelined, and will serve as an insurance policy should any of the other young Mets hurlers suffer an injury. The 42-year-old has been about as reliable as they over the last few seasons, starting at least 30 games in each of the last three and hovering around 200 innings. In his two years with the Mets, he hasn't been able to match the numbers he posted in 2013 with Oakland, but the Colon should once again serve at the back end of the Mets rotation in 2016.
Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out just one batter over 6 1/3 innings against the Braves on Wednesday. Colon entered the seventh inning with a 2-0 lead, but he proceeded to load the bases with one out before being yanked for reliever Addison Reed, who proceeded to give up a pair of hits that brought home all three inherited runners. Colon continues to get by mostly thanks to his veteran wiles, as he's remarkably given up three or fewer (usually fewer) runs in each of his last six outings, and yet he's struck out just seven batters in his last four starts combined.
Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon (14-12) took the loss Wednesday against Miami, allowing three runs on seven hits and awalk through 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out two. This game looked like an unlikely pitchers' duel between Colon and Adam Conley for three innings, but solo homers in the fourth and fifth followed by a sixth-inning rally changed the script. Colon hadn't lost a game since Aug. 9 in Tampa Bay, and he hadn't allowed more than two runs in an outing since his Aug. 21 start in Colorado. He'll have a great opportunity to get back on the right track in his next start, Tuesday against the Braves' league-worst offense.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon was excellent once again on Thursday, as he held the Braves to two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. Colon walked one and struck out two and also went 1 for 3 with an RBI, as the Mets rolled over the Braves 7-2. Colon (14-11, 4.13 ERA) shutout the Braves over the first six innings, increasing his scoreless streak to 31 games. But he ran in to trouble in the seventh inning, when he allowed three consecutive hits, leading to a pair of runs to score. Nevertheless, the Mets provided Colon with plenty of run support, as he picked up his 14th win. Colon has now won three straight starts and four of his last five.
Bartolo Colon was magnificent on Saturday, tossing the Mets' first complete game of the season. Colon went the distance, blanking the Marlins all the way in the 7-0 victory. Colon gave up nine hits, struck out two and did not walk a batter. He needed an even 100 pitches to finish what he started. Colon (13-11, 4.18 ERA) was superb in this one. He did a good job of getting timely double plays to avoid any big innings, and he was able to keep a low pitch count throughout the evening. This was the 13th shutout of Colon's long career. He extended his current scoreless streak to a career-high 25 innings, as he hasn't given up a run in his last three starts (and one relief appearance).