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Bartolo Colon schooled the Braves on Tuesday

Bartolo Colon was told last Thursday that his mom has breast cancer (ESPN, Apr. 8), yet he focused for seven innings of shutout baseball Tuesday night against the Braves.

“It’s a situation where you’re trying to be strong, but you cannot,” Colon said (ESPN, Apr. 8). “My mom is my best friend, my confidant. I talk to her every day.”

Colon faced 28 hitters Tuesday night, he walked none and threw a first-pitch strike 19 times.

“Talk about moving the ball around the strike zone, he was really, really good tonight,” Terry Collins said about Colon. “Pitched in, pitched out, pitched down, and pitched up. He really did a good job.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I love watching him pitch, because that’s what he does, he ‘pitches,’ in the best sense of the word. I enjoy watching him in the same way I loved watching Pedro Martinez, when he joined the Mets and had to re-invent himself a bit using lesser tools than he had in his prime. Colon is running a masters class on the mound for people wanting to learn how to set up a hitter to fail during an at bat. It’s brilliant.

On the other hand, his at bats are hilarious. In what seemed like a minor miracle, he laid down a sacrifice bunt with two runners on in the seventh, which set up a much-needed, two-run rally. He looked terrible in other attempts. It is what it is. Yes, he’s a major leaguer, he should know how to bunt, but he’s also 40 years old, he’s been in the league for 19 years, yet he entered this season with just 45 at bats over the last decade plus. I have probably swung a baseball bat more than he has in the last decade. He should work to get better, but I understand why this may be a challenge for him when facing guys throwing 90 mph, something you can’t really work on in batting practice.




28 comments
Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Here's a poll for the crowd: more awkward looking at the plate: Bartolo Colon or Randy Johnson?

greekgod
greekgod

If Mets  come back from the road trip at a .600 clip good things  can happen for the rest of the year.

GhostofCasey
GhostofCasey

First of all, our prayers are  with Bartolo's mom.  I hope the younger pitchers paid attention to his pitching clinic last night.  The Braves at Turner Field have always been a tall order.  In spite of the news about his mom, Bartolo was focused and the consummate professional.  It reminded me of Mariano Rivera. he threw one pitch and dared people to hit it.  Great work.  I hope the younger pitchers on the team paid attention to how a professional pitcher works.  They will learn a lot from him this year and it should advance their games well.

smanj
smanj

Matt...Colon doesn't have to take batting practice. Just bunting practice...if he's not doing a bullpen or not starting, he should be practicing his butting, plain and simple

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Say what you want about Colon's suspension a couple years back... this is one of the good guys in baseball. Seems like a great guy to be around as a young pitcher and just a great teammate, not to mention what he can do on the field. So sad to hear about his mom... thoughts and prayers go out to her, Bartolo and his family.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

If an 8.5 earthquake was occurring around Colon, he wouldn't act any differently than as if he was sitting on the beach with a pina colada. Nothing rattles him and he just doesn't take anything that seriously. While he may have a competitive fire deep inside him, he knows this is just a game.

Jaqueezy
Jaqueezy

@metsblog this is what I like to hear. Something positive from the blog for once

greekgod
greekgod

Colon has to learn how to bunt; if he doesn't then glad he can smile about it but he could well win a game for himself and his teammates.

xplr
xplr

Glad the Mets are building a youthful bullpen :)


Seriously, I'm happy we won; everyone pitched well, but why is there

reluctance to use our young arms in the bullpen? It sure seemed to work for the Cardinals.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Colon has basically been an AL pitcher. So, I'll give him a pass ... especially since he actually managed to lay down a bunt.  The first time he tried was a tad embarrassing.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I like the comparison to Pedro but i have to stop short of saying I loved watching Colon last night.  It's a different experience.  Pedro, especially his 1st year with the Mets, was always better than the hitter he faced.  He had an arsenal of pitches that just made people look silly.  Colon basically used one pitch and hit every spot in the zone.  That is incredible.  But i kept thinking..."is this the inning he loses location?"...  in the end though?  With all due respect to Mr. Aaron and his special occasion, i like that the Mets handed the Braves a shyte sandwich on their home opener...

greekgod
greekgod

A good game for Colon and Mets batters although Wright and others who are not getting their hits must do so if the team has a .500 year.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

My Thoughts and Prayers go out to Mrs.Colon. 

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

i know it's only 2 starts, but i really laugh at the people who didn't cheer for this signing. The guy is just a PROFESSIONAL pitcher out there, with great stuff, location, and knowledge of when to throw what. He's going ot have a great year, and if we're out of it, he'll land us a decent prospect or 2 in a trade. This signing was a win win....unless of course he gets busted for PEDs again, or blows out his arm, but isnt that the worry with anyone really???

SylviaTomarchio
SylviaTomarchio

@metsblog Bartolo pitched one hell of a game, the Braves Bats couldn't figure him out .Good game LGM♥

ac0814
ac0814

Sad to hear about his mother. I hope she has a full recovery.

As far as Colon goes, the guy throws strikes; you gotta love it. If I'm Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Mejia and eventually Montero and Syndergaard, I've got my notebook out when he's on the mound.

drmetfan
drmetfan

First of all, our prayers go out to Colon's mom. Hope she is able to battle through this illness and overcome it. Colon came up big last night. The Mets needed the win and Colon delivered. He is a good of a veteran presence in in this young starting staff as there is. The rest of the pitching staff should pay attention when he is pitching. 

nolrog
nolrog

Colon has been pitching great.  I hope he does this all year, so he can bring back a nice prospect at the trading deadline.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Zach Ripple  Colon had a radically experimental surgery on his arm.  I have long suspected that whatever he was busted for by the drug testers was related to the post-operative recovery prescribed by his doctors, and not the standard, run of the mill 'roid cheating.

lindro88
lindro88

@greekgod  Colon despite his size, is a good athlete.  I  think he will get the hang of it.   

lindro88
lindro88

@ifti99  They have said that with a few exceptions, some of the young pitchers will start throwing out of the pen.  If this team can hang around the 500 mark the first month or so, I think they will be more likely to get some fresh arms in the pen.  I'm a big fan of the way the Cardinals do things, but they also have a reason to put guys like Kelly and Martinez in the pen.  They are always in the mix for a playoff spot.  

stemog
stemog

@ifti99 You don't really build a bullpen, because next year it will probably be 50 percent different. The bullpen is more year-by-year than any other position by far.

lindro88
lindro88

@greekgod  Not jumping the gun, but good teams find a way to score even when the big bats aren't hitting.  Last night was a really good example.  TDA, Tejada and EY really came up big.  

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@ken1010 @C.K. Dexter Haven Colon is nothing like Glavine. Glavine used a sinker and change-up to set up an 85 mph fastball. Colon throws nothing but 90-92 mph fastballs and variations of it. Glavine picked at the corners and worked to expand the zone.  Colon is precise, but he can afford to miss his spots because his fastball is quick to the batter and moves so well. Glavine had very little margin of error, not so much for Colon.