If you know me, whether online or in real life, you’d know that I have been a HUGE Bartolo Colon fan since his short stint with the Oakland Athletics from 2012 to 2013.
You’ve likely seen my hashtag #TeamBartolo. I started that because I truly believed, and still do, that the numbers Bartolo Colon put up during the 2013 season were just as good or better than the numbers he put up during his Cy Young season with the Los Angeles Angels in 2005, except this time he was 40 years old.
Colon finished second in the American League in wins with 18, coming in after eventual Cy Young winner and then-Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer who won 21 games in 2013.
He also came in second in the A.L. with a 2.65 ERA, just barely behind another Tiger in Anibal Sanchez, who posted a 2.57 ERA on the year.
However, neither Scherzer nor Sanchez placed above fifth in the other categories. Scherzer came in fifth in ERA (2.90) and Sanchez ended up tied for eighth place in wins with 14.
Of course there are other factors that decide who wins the Cy Young Award. Any statistics can be included from number of walks or strikeouts, WHIP, FIP and also things like complete games and complete game shutouts.
Colon tied for third in complete games with three behind David Price and Chris Sale who each had four, but it should definitely be noted that each of Colon’s complete games in 2013 were shutouts and he ended the season tied for first in the A.L. for complete game shutouts with Justin Masterson.
He also finished second in walks allowed per nine innings. In many of these lists the names Scherzer and Sanchez don’t even appear.
In 2005 when Colon won the Cy Young as a member of the Los Angeles Angels he did win 21 games but his ERA was considerably higher at 3.48 and he pitched two complete games, neither of which was a shutout. His walks per nine innings was also higher than it was in 2013.
A four-time All-Star Colon went to the mid-summer classic in both 2005 and 2013 (along with 1998 while with the Cleveland Indians and in 2016 with the New York Mets).
In 2005 he was 32 and in 2013 Colon was 40 years old. He has since become a cult hero of sorts for the game and there is nary a baseball fan who doesn’t like, the aptly nicknamed by the Mets’ pitcher Noah Syndergaard, Big Sexy!
But I digress … my point in this post, which was supposed to be a quick one was to pass along this quiz brought to us by MLB.com’s Cut4.
Whether you are a Bartolo Colon fanatic or not, you should take the quiz … you never know what you might learn. If you love Bartolo ….find out just how much you really know about Big Sexy!
Feel free to leave your score in the comments. I got 13 out of 14 correct! How well can you do?!