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Bartolo Colon got rocked, didn’t make his pitches

Bartolo Colon was charged with seven runs on 10 hits and one walk in just 4 2/3 innings during last night’s loss to the Rockies.

“This is a park you’ve got to make pitches or you’re going to get hurt here,” manager Terry Collins said after the game. “This was one of those nights where he just didn’t have his stuff.”

In six starts this season, Colon is 2-4 with a 5.65 ERA in 36 innings, during which he has struck out 29 batters.

“They have a winning percentage because of their starting pitchers,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before the game (Denver Post, May 2). “The challenge for us is to stick to our offensive approach and make their starters work.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Look, with all due respect to Bartolo, the Rockies have an incredible offense. They lead the NL in runs scored, batting average, on base and power. Oh, and they play in Coors Field. So, it was always going to be a difficult task. That said, Bartolo has been up and down from start to start. In the starts he’s been hit, he has seemingly entered the game searching for his release point. His ball has movement and so pitches over the plate are getting clobbered. In his successful starts he’s been locked in, repetitive and rhythmic and throwing unhittable darts. I don’t know why there’s inconsistency, perhaps it’s warm up time or something happening in the bullpen before games, but I hope the team is working on it.




35 comments
Pauly Pins
Pauly Pins

he did good oakland..but damn, he needs to hit his pitches!..but CO owns the mets in CO...we cant hit.

Mike Albano
Mike Albano

The little rally we had in the 9th was nice to see going into tonight's game. They don't give up.

Christopher Marion
Christopher Marion

Colon is losing command of his pitches, it is what happens when you get older.  The velocity can remain, but you can't control the ball as well.  With that said, his clown approach to hitting is already old.  Enough of the smiles and smirks at the plate, do your job be aggressive and swing the bat like a ballplayer.  He truly is an automatic out, something this line up cannot afford.  I really like his no nonsense approach to pitching, but this relationship is going to go sour quickly.  This is a bad signing. 

Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

The Mets always seem to struggle in Colorado anyway -- I don't blame TC for not wasting the bullpen last night, it's a long season.

Colon most likely will be a .500 pitcher at best, and I think the Mets knew that.  He was brought in to be an innings guy until the younger pitchers are ready to handle a full load.  He hasn't been terrible at that so far.  Whether they overpaid for him is different argument, but the recent free agent class was not rich with reasonably priced veteran pitching. I still think he delivers better value than whatever they paid Frank Francisco.

stage52
stage52

I blame Collin's more for not taking Colon out after the 3rd inning while the Mets still had a chance to come back.  Letting the Game get out of hand till it is almost impossible to come back is Terry's fault.

Alec Wilson
Alec Wilson

worst of it was that when he started mixing it up a little, things improved...but he just keeps repeating thesame mistakes, and he just doesn't look that interested, he's got his final $20mil and he's just having fun, and if grandly doesn't start hitting in the next 10 days grow a set of balls and bench him, talk about 2 massive wastes of money, decent players but not worth 25mil a year

Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

He was awful. Seems every other start is bad for him. Hope he finds a consistency soon. Can't have this kind of up and down from him for the whole season....

shinjoooo
shinjoooo

Our stadium is too big, their stadium is too hitter friendly...wahhh.

Ben Fortney
Ben Fortney

"I don’t know why there’s inconsistency, perhaps it’s warm up time or something happening in the bullpen before games"


Perhaps he's 40 years old and no longer on PEDs?

72tilltc
72tilltc

Looks like another waste of money signing for Sandy. Based on merit Colon is the 6th best starter on the team and Grandyman is the 6th best outfielder. It is a joke that Sandy and Terry run a team Grandy cannot  play rightfield with that pee shooter arm. They never envisioned Lagares starting. But the fact is Chris Young should be in right. 

mkjc
mkjc

I hate Coors Field. Beautiful stadium but baseball shouldn't be played there.

Joe De Sr.
Joe De Sr.

I'm not sure but I think maybe Nolan Ryan and even Tom Seaver had a bad day or two.!

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

The ball was not moving at all, it looked like he was throwing darts, maybe it's the Park?

Kjeld Hylfelt
Kjeld Hylfelt

Like me, Colon is over 40, overweight and out of shape and it shows. He is blocking the promotion of some younger pitcher. If you want to pitch at an advanced baseball age, you have to take care of yourself. He is like an old car driving on bald tires. Sure, he might get you there, but there is a lot of risk involved. His worthless at bats feature an attitude of "I can't bunt, I can't run and I don't care." Why did the Mets give him two years? He belongs in the AL, just like Bobby Abreu, so start working on that trade, Sandy.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Well, maybe he just has troubles west of the Continental Divide. Man, the guy was throwing practice up there. Team also looked sluggish and didn't put-up much of a fight after they went behind 6-0. Watching Bartolo at the plate is painful. Nice return by Lagares. Grandy did have one hit but also took some terrible AB's. And Lucas Duda seemed to be channeling Dick Stuart out there.

Stephen Hanks
Stephen Hanks

Let's hope Bartolo pitches well into July and that we can move him at the trade deadline for some more prospects when one of the kids is ready to come up to replace him in the rotation.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

They have a good O but the back breaker was a two run double...by the pitcher. That's got to be mentioned here..

absltuconn
absltuconn

He was just all over the place, especially with his fastball.  He had Morneau 0-2, beating him on the outside corner, then lets a fastball come right inside, and Morneau turns on it and laces it.  Just one example that I saw where he looked like he just didn't have it.

hashburry
hashburry

Nothing sillier than non pitching coaches talking about release points and repeating deliveries.  Are you breaking down video?  Maybe Colon will come around and be more like the pitcher he was last year, maybe not.  he's old, and out of shape, and maybe that is all catching up with him.  He has also been up and down over his career, so it is no huge surprise he is struggling.  He will either become more consistent, or his contract will end up another bad investment by Alderson.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Too many fat pitches last night.  Can't do that. 

ry110891
ry110891

Bring up DeGrom put this guy in the bullpen

Jerome McCroy
Jerome McCroy

I'll take .500 in this series. Second time they came out flat on a road trip. Doesn't help that they came into Denver at 5am

The Feels band
The Feels band

It wasn't just him. There were lots of boneheaded plays and throws from the defense. It was just a really bad night overall. Hopefully they can look like a much better team today and for the rest of the series. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@72tilltc Have to agree. Sandy's free agent track-record is right up there with Omar's. Angel Pagan was a bit of a flake but the guy is hitting .340. Still too early to see if Grandy-man is another Jason Bay but the early signs are not at all promising.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Joe De Sr.  Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver are not on the same level. Seaver could be the best pitcher of all time. Ryan had great stuff he never won a Cy Young and was not 100+ games over .500. Colon is an AL pitcher who smiles and laughs as he gives up runs and games do to his poor fielding and carefree attitude. Sandy signed him because he pitched for Oakland ( he is from Oakland and still a fan)all he does is sign A's Padres or busts that his stupid GM's got fired for in SD Toronto etc. 

72tilltc
72tilltc

@Kjeld Hylfelt  It was a terrible signing for the reasons you stated. But anyone could have had hm and they refused. So why would they trade for him?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Yeah, maybe we should have sent him out to the mound with that info.

stage52
stage52

@SuperDuper @stage52 We all know pitchers don't always do what they are supposed to do.  Collins is in charge of the team. It's Collins job to give the team the best chance to win the game. He only left Familia in for 1 batter. What's with that?