Bartolo Colon was in control from the first batter of the game

Bartolo Colon flirted with a perfect game Wednesday afternoon, but lost it when Robinson Cano got a single in the seventh inning.

“I knew it was going on, but in the seventh or eighth inning you can’t really think about it,” Colon said through an interpreter (ESPN, July 23). “Once you get to the ninth inning, then you think about that.”

In total, he pitched 7 1/3 innings, gave up three hits, two earned runs, walked a batter and struck out five.


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Colon, 41, is 9-8 with a 4.01 ERA in 20 starts this year, during which the Mets are 11-9.

“Today, you just sensed it in the first inning, he went out there in the first inning and the second hitter you’re saying, ‘He’s on today,'” Terry Collins said after the game. “I saw some funny swings from good hitters.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He went back to his strength, which is commanding his fastball with a remarkable pinpoint location and change in speeds. It’s what he does best. He had been using more off-speed pitches in his last few starts. This was not the case Wednesday, and he looked sensational. I don’t know if he simply made an adjustment, based on what wasn’t working, or if it’s a guy who feels comfortable facing the M’s having played in the AL West for the previous two years, but whatever it was it worked well.




43 comments
Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

News flash: we don't need any more prospects. If we trade anybody, it needs to be for right now mlb ready bats that can help us down the stretch and next year. The rebuilding process is nearing completion. I would be much happier letting go some of our prospects such as Syndergaard, Montero, Plaweckie and Flores and getting an everyday player. Murphy, Gee, Niese, D'arnaut and Degrom should not even be considered. I would trade tolo, but only for an everyday player.

Rob Steven
Rob Steven

Sandy now is your chance, sell high!

Bye bye Bartolo.

hankypanky
hankypanky

With his work ethic and his finesse pitching, Colon has been a welcome addition, despite what the whiners say. The only problem remains with the who and what he will bring back in a trade. Because of age and salary, I suspect a low prospect level return.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Hopefully Sandy can trade Colon for the best possible hitting prospect.

mets2891
mets2891

My biggest issue with Colon is that he can pitch great, but then if he's off by just an inch, he becomes batting practice.  I was begging Terry to get him out of there before he faced that scrub 8 hitter and the guy almost hit a home run to tie the game.

Matt Drucker
Matt Drucker

Sandys pitch to interested teams..."your rotation stinks. How about some Colon, baby!"

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Bartolo is pitching better than anyone expected. He adds value to this team but trading him may give us player who fits into a long term solution. 

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

What last night did, in essence, is now give some teams incentive to call the Mets and inquire about Colón.  Look for him to be traded soon, for a high level prospect, hopefully one that can HIT major league pitching!

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

Truly am happy for the big guy,all in all Colon has been great for us.Theres been a few games hes been roughed up but beside those few outings hes either kept us right in the game or thrown a gem as he did yesterday.

As much as I dislike Aldy,I have to say Bart was a nice pick up in the off season.Its also good for the young guys like deGrom,Wheeler,ect to see how a real professional pitcher goes about his business on the mound,not just throwing,but pitching,painting corners,its an art form that the young guys can for sure learn from and take it to the mound with them for years to come.

However,I dont see him with the Mets much longer,in some form or fashion I think he will be pitching for a team that is definetely headed to the post season.

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

Who Cares? With this team on another doward spiral this is the only thing we have to talk about.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

Kudos to whoever it was in one of the comments sections yesterday that joked that Colon was going to up his trade value by throwing a perfect game yesterday (I can't recall if they said perfect game or no hitter, but it was one or the other). You my friend, almost called it (or pre-jinxed it, depending on how you look at it).  

dannym28
dannym28

the negative is he didnt hit

The Third Lantern
The Third Lantern

Colón ha estado aquí durante 20 años y todavía no puede ser molestado en aprender el idioma?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

OT: I read in the paper today that Colon still uses an interpreter.  Can someone please explain to me why he would not learn English, like so many of his fellow countrymen have done?  Is this laziness on his part?

mrgee
mrgee

@Merrill Needham  News flash: trading Colon isn't going to be about the return, but rather the shedding of $11 million for next year.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Better than anyone expected?  He had a sub 3 era in the AL last year..

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

And also,one that is not light years away from stepping foot on an ML field.

Will Hammerstein
Will Hammerstein

@Father Dooley only problem is that Colon is due $11MM for next season, when he will be 42 years old. That reduces his value to a new team and the value of any prospect, if any, the Mets can get in return.  Unless the Mets add some combination of cash and other prospects. 

mrgee
mrgee

@Jim Yager  Downward spiral?  The team that is 3-3 on this road trip so far, and was 8-2 right before the all star break?

Starz31
Starz31

@Jim Yager Yeah, it's such a pain to talk about last night's winning pitcher who looked terrific. Such a hard life. 

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@The Third Lantern Exactly, 20 years here.  So many other Latino ballplayers had to be dedicated and learn English, which so many have done so well (remember Jose Reyes when he first came over, within 2 years he had mastered the English language).  I don't know, I think maybe it looks like laziness on Bartolo's part.

illnagas
illnagas

So what, he can talk to boring reporters? Who cares?

joe21
joe21

@Will Hammerstein @Father Dooley  I am open to paying cash considerations for the right prospect. kind of like a big signing bonus, but if upper level prospect, at least you have some track record to judge off. unfortunately, I don't think a team will part with any value, even if cash comes along. I think that they will place him on waivers, take nothing back and shed the $11M for next year. that money would be better spent on ML FA than even a fraction of it for minor leaguer

tierlifer
tierlifer

@Father Dooley @The Third Lantern Reyes learned his English while in Binghamton. The Mets started a program like that in the minors years back to get their latin players up to snuff with English as a second language. I only know this because my friend  taught the class he was in when he graduated from BU and that's where they held the classes.  

joe21
joe21

@illnagas  that is probably why he chose not to learn. VLad made it clear that he never did, so he could avoid reporters after the game.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@illnagas I wonder if David Wright cares, that when speaking to his teammate (who has been here 20 years), he cannot communicate with him unless there is an interpreter around.  Same with Duda, d'Arnaud, et al, you get the point.

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

True,Joe.Think this might be the best option,that 11 mill could go a long way towards getting us a nice FA bat.

I think this is probably the most likely option.

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

@Father Dooley @Will Hammerstein Hello Padre,

Teams regularly pay a portion of the outgoing player's salary. So, for example, if the Mets sent Colon and, say, $3Mil, they are effectively clearing $8Mil for next year as well as maybe $4mil this year, considering Bartolo has given us maybe 60% of the $10Mil . They could exercise same philosophy with Chris Young.

Starz31
Starz31

@Father Dooley Because he uses an interpreter doesn't mean he can't speak English. It's very common for foreign players to use an interpreter with the media because it's safer and they can be sure their point gets across. Players trust and feel much more comfortable with it and avoid any potential of miscommunication with the media, who we know loves to blow up anything.

Off the record, I'm sure they know enough English here and there to have small talk. 

joe21
joe21

@Father Dooley  do you think Derek Jeter cares whether of not Tanaka can understand him? very few, if any of the Japanese players learn English; I know that it is harder for them to learn English, but I am not sure that it is fair to assume or even ask if it is laziness?

Jack Butler
Jack Butler

Sandy should have just signed offense instead of signing Colon and trying to trade him for offense

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@shawnp6986  @Will Hammerstein @Father Dooley From what's been posted here before the Mets are balking at including cash in the deal. That being said, if they were willing to kick in 5 million it would essentially be buying a prospect for 5 million and giving another team a shot at a productive Colon for $6 million next season (which is a smaller risk on their part, given his track record of staying productive at this advanced age so far).

shawnp6986
shawnp6986

That makes perfect sense also.Seems there are many ways to go about this,either way though,Colon will not be a Met for much longer.