Bartolo Colon hit 90 mph, was happy with first start

Bartolo Colon made his first official start of the spring for the Mets on Monday. He faced 18 batters in four innings, gave up five hits, three runs and struck out one hitter.

“I was happy I was able to locate my pitches and pitch well,” Colon said after the game (Bergen Record, Mar. 11). “I’m in line and I feel good.”

Colon again relied on his fastball, which sat around 90 mph most of the afternoon.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Colon is fun to watch. The things he can do with his fastball are impressive. He changes speeds, uses different grips, gets a variety of movement, and he has presence on the mound and command of the game. I also like how he walks in what is seemingly slow-motion off the mound at the end of the inning. No rush, it’s his game. It’s all on his clock.

However, it’s obvious that Terry Collins will have to play his best defense on days Colon starts, which is all the more reason why Juan Lagares needs to be on the roster and in center field at least every fifth day… The ball is going to be in play a lot.




55 comments
Jason Krull
Jason Krull

"Bartolo Colon hit 90mph." ....... What was he driving?

nolrog
nolrog

Is that consistent with his velocity last year or has it slowed down some (which may be understandable since it's the first spring start.)? 

mikerolli
mikerolli

Great pitching yesterdsy 9 runs lmao

mikerolli
mikerolli

Even MR Met doesn't like are short stop mess

jc22
jc22

Cervelli (28) can give them 3 seasons as a decent starting catcher. They have two guys there now who are older and have less major league experience... unless they keep the ancient Henry Blanco.

nagel100
nagel100

i'm way more concerned about 2015 than 2014.


that being said I have to thing Alderson needs to fix ss now.


there is a deal to be made somewhere and he needs to make it.



mikepiazza3186
mikepiazza3186

Medlen has ligament damage I feel for him but not the braves

eric88
eric88

How about Degrom for Owings straight up?

hashburry
hashburry

I have to disagree.  Colon is not fun to watch, unless dredging up memories of the Marx brothers is considered fun.

jc22
jc22

Three way trade that makes sense

Yanks send Cervelli to Dbacks

Dbacks send Owings to Mets

Mets send Degrom to Yanks

Jamie Funktual Freund
Jamie Funktual Freund

Off topic, sorry. Trying to make birthday plans. Is there anywhere I can find out who's playing in the Jupiter game this afternoon?

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

I'm not as concerned about him as others. No matter what happens, there's plenty of backup in the farm.

James
James

We need to put Juan Legares out there and much more importantly, we need to get a SS that can field the (%$# ball

DMMP
DMMP

I'm getting more and more of a feeling that Lagares and EYJ are going to end up splitting time starting...  EYJ starting about 60% of the time, Lagares 40%... (Until of course Lagares proves that he deserves to be starting 100%, or EYJ proves he should not be... the latter being the more likely scenario.) - With CY playing CF on days Lagares does not play, and with CY shifting to left on days he does.  That said... I'm FAR more concerned with the SS situation than OF.  Flores is starting at SS today (or so that's the word.) Interested to see how he does...

eric88
eric88

Niether Legares or CY will hit much, therefore Sandy Tejada can't be carried in the lineup, and don't even get me started on 1B. We spend all this time discussing CF defense and Tejada sucks in the field as well.

Sandy, get a GD SHORTSTOP.

eric88
eric88

Im OK with whoever plays CF. Just get me a real Major League SHORTSTOP !!

The Feels band
The Feels band

Lagares' at bats have looked seriously good lately. His bat is emerging. I can see him in center field for 10 years. 

Kevin Connelly
Kevin Connelly

lagares needs to start because he is one for the future but the editor's comment "TC has to play his best defense with Colon and that's why Lagares should start".... If you line up Chris Young and EY in center and left you still have an outstanding defense behind you. Lagares needs to start, but its not like EY or CY defensively limit you, they are still top defenders.

greekgod
greekgod

After the fourth inning Colon will explode........nice try Mets.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@jc22 Not sure what Cervelli's done that would suggest he'd be anything more than an adequate (at best) starting catcher. If the DBacks really wanted him, however, I'm guessing they could get him for a lot less than Owings.

mikepiazza3186
mikepiazza3186

Maybe as a job I get it but as a fan I no life is unpredictable and baseball season is long I'm worried about watching 2014 I'll worry about 2015 when it comes and as a ny team it's been way to long to look towards the future come on sandy get us a ss so we can at least have some hope for a 2nd wc

72tilltc
72tilltc

@DMMP  You are talking about management that thought Ankiel could play. Batista could pitch and that Jason Bay without steroids could play. Sandy drafts Nimmo he let Reyes go thinking Tejada is good. Yet he signs Colon Dice K Lannan when our greatest depth is pitching. They sign scrubs from San Diego over and over again. Cowgil etc.  Eamus Turner the power off the bench. Sandy wants the mets to knock out a pitcher by running up his pitch count and take pitches. You knock out a pitcher by getting hits. The evaluators are men who would be unemployed if not for the METS!!! wait for TC and Sandy to leave.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

@DMMP  Lagares reminds me of a young Carlos Gomez.  Once he finds his bat, he'll be a top CF.  He has all the defensive tools, just needs to bring the bat around.  It took Gomez a few years to accomplish that. 

DMMP
DMMP

@Attorney Pooze Pozi  Some are... but truth be told, this is one of the most complete teams the mets have come into camp with in a LONG time.  That's probably a bad thing.  But we've come into camp years with the only firm roster spot being DW in recent years!  This year the concerns are 1B (for such an offense heavy position in the league, how is this even a problem?) SS (Tejada should never have even had the chance to be a starting SS this season), CF/LF (EYJ or Lagares?  Clearly Lagares, but my guess is they end up splitting time.) and 5th starter (How it's not Mejia point blank, with Lannan as a long man and Matsuzaka potentially for depth in AAA is mind blowing right now.) With bullpen fights like every team in baseball.

dabo
dabo

@eric88  what is the thought playing Flores at SS?  

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Steven Matregrano  Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha YES! I'm so glad you posted. Derrrp derrrrpy derp derp derp. "A little better defense" hahahahahahahahahaha

greekgod
greekgod

@The Feels  Lagares is a .220 at best. He ain't starting now or ever. Bench player for late innings for his defensive plays.

grillruben
grillruben

@Kevin ConnellyEY Jr. has got to be the odd man out in this outfield. I hate the Chris Young move as much as anyone else, but we all know with his contract he is starting.

DMMP
DMMP

@greekgod  Colon is known to be an innings eater... (amongst the other things he eats...) Age hasn't seemed to matter with longevity with him.

DMMP
DMMP

@72tilltc @DMMP  I don't mind the decision by sandy to re-sign dice-k and to sign Lannan... AS DEPTH.  The fact that they might be used in replacement of real talent such as players like Mejia is just ridiculous to me.  

sayhey24
sayhey24

As an old man, Ive learned not to compare players. It rarely works out the way we dream that it might. Nonetheless, Lagares does have skills and seems to work hard so I am hoping that he proves to be the answer. He has to hit though with our offense being so iffy.

DMMP
DMMP

@Joseph DeFazio @DMMP  I actually agree with you Joseph, other than not being as fast as Gomez, he looks a LOT like a CG lite in the making... which is All-star potential.  I definitely see the flashes... and the determination is definitely there on his part.  I just wish the team would realize that potential. It's like Mejia.  I see a guy that shows signs of #2 or even ace quality potential still there... But due to a bad stint in the majors where he was jerked around, injured, and lit up (which, he was VERY young at the time mind you.) The team is being much harder on him than I think he deserves. I truly think last season for Mejia should have almost been looked at as a reset. He has new pitches, throws with much more command, and is a far more complete pitcher.  I know some in the organization see this... But it blows my mind that the top dogs are stuck on what he did a few years ago under different management.

metslaw
metslaw

@The Feels @Steven Matregrano Honestly his defense is great but it is a little better than c young's defense.  You are not comparing a non center fielder.  if c young is a small notch below legares but hits much better with power then I don't see why you would all like legares at this point. Legares has no pop and really is not a fast guy on the bases.  It is not like carlos gomez at all. gomez has some pop and ridiculous speed.  Big difference.  They should have signed crus and put lagares at AAA or as 4th outfielder.  It season went bad you trade cruz and young for prospects and then put lagares out there.

DMMP
DMMP

@Attorney Pooze Pozi @DMMP  I'm CURIOUS to see what Flores can do at SS.  If Lagares is your CF, then you have good backup for a more deficient flores at SS with Young in Left and Flores in Center, both being excellent fielders.... Not to mention having Lagares and Tejada in the same lineup is just bad bad bad.  But, Flores and Lagares, makes more sense...   My LOGIC tells me this SHOULD be your answers: We'll SEE how flores does. If he can be OK at SS this spring, he should be at SS over Tejada. Otherwise, expect a late spring trade for a SS...  (I just don't see the mets signing Drew anymore.) 1B - I think the team is just praying that Ike and Duda with Satin is enough... but both are injured and not helping that cause.  OF should 100% be Lagares to lose...  The fact that EYJ is even being considered to start is ridiculous to me.  Maybe every 5th day he can get a start... But that should be about it.  5th Starter no brainer should be Mejia.  At best Mejia pitches like a poor mans ace or a #2.  At worse he ends up being a beast #3 type pitcher... pitching out of the 5th hole in your rotation.  How THAT is not worth it for clear 5th starters in Lannan and Matsuzaka, continuing his development.... Raising his value... and then figuring out what to do once Syndergaard is called up... Is ridiculous.  It's a no brainer.  As I mentioned earlier here... Management is caught up on what Mejia once did/was... But he's a much different pitcher now.