If you have ever read my blog you know I adore Bartolo Colon! He’ll be 42 on May 24 and wait for it …. he’s actually getting even better at playing the game he so loves!
in fact, he has beaten out three much younger and more hearalded pitchers than himself in his first three starts and defeated them all.
So far Colon has made three starts for the New York Mets and has won them all. He’s now sitting at 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA leading a pitching staff that also includes Matt Harvey and 2014 Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom.
In his first start seasonon Opening Day he faced off with the Washington Nationals’ $200 million man, Max Scherzer, and defeated him. Colon pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three hits, just one run and one walk. He stuck out eight Nationals hitters in the process.
In his second start against the Atlanta Braves, Colon also did something very unusual for a pitcher but even more unusal for him. He singled in a go-ahead run and got his first RBI in a decade.
Colon pitched a full 7.0 innings against Atlanta. He added five more strikeouts and walked just one batter. Colon allowed six hits and three runs, Not a bad outing for a 42-year-old who relies primarily on fastballs!
His opponent 24-year-old right-hander Alex Wood couldn’t keep up with the old man, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs.
This is where things get even more interesting. In his third start on Friday against Miami Marlins’ pitcher David Phelps, Colon got his third win. Phelps pitched just 4.2 innings, allowing one hit, one earned run, three walks and striking out just two batters.
Colon pitched a full 7.0 innings. He added five more strikeouts making his total on the year 18. He walked just one batter, allowed six hits and three runs, Not a bad outing for a 42-year-old who relies primarily on fastballs!
But here’s the real kicker. Colon got his second RBI on the year on a sacrifice fly. He has two RBI in as many games. There are quite a few actual hitters out there in the major leagues who can’t claim that they have two RBI at this point in the season.
As I learned when Colon was a member of the Oakland Athletics, he’s a very happy guy who just wants to play baseball everyday for as long as he can. Obviously he still can play at an elite level and I say more power to him!
Bartolo Colon is awesome which is why everyone should jump on my little bandwagon (of sorts) and be part of #TeamBartolo!!! 😀