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Mets rally behind grieving Colon

Bartolo Colon started Sunday, despite the recent passing of his mother in the Dominican Republic.

He pitched six innings, allowing just two runs in the Mets 11-3 win.

Although he did not want to talk directly about his mother, Colon said after the game that he hasn’t gotten much sleep, but he wanted to pitch for his team before heading back home for the funeral.

“He’s a competitive guy. He knows he has to step up. He’s had a tough week,” manager Terry Collins said. “When he came out in the sixth I think that’s the first time in his career he’s ever said, ‘I’m done.’ He gave us what we had to have.”

Colon’s effort was not overlooked by his teammates.

“We all tried to kind of rally around him and give him as much support as we can,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “He’s an unbelievable person to go out and do that today. Obviously he has other things on his mind. I think his No. 1 priority is his family. Showing the kind of heart he has is something guys really respect in the clubhouse.”




43 comments
Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Class act by Bartolo to pitch with all that's going on with his family.  Kudos to you.

donw
donw

Another reason to keep him unless they're knocked over by an offer. 

jojo218
jojo218

sd ready to pass us in standings thats leave cubs and philles 2 game away  from putting us 3rd from bottom i call this a total colapse and thats what needed to happen to fire collins let see how sandy  back pedals and makes 3rd from bottom not a colapse whne you were 6th from top when made that comments

jojo218
jojo218

interesting duda is in top 6 rbi and top 6 hr and k less then all the other players there k less then the top 10
 oh yeah tied for 3rd in walks so as power hitters go he is actually having a better yr then most 4 hitters staton and rizzo  are only players with bettter all around stats

rico
rico

as I wrote in another thread..


Colon was signed to fill the void for Harvey


Harvey last year 12-10

Colon so far this season 12-10


Alderson got this one very right

jojo218
jojo218

how goos perelta would of looked at ss for the mets

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

Bartolo has been a great Met even for one year. If only some of the players, manager and front office people had the heart and work ethic that Bartolo does...


Would of been nice to see the Mets rally like this the entire season

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

If that was his last start as a Met, then thank you Bartolo for being the glue and the bridge of this young rotation that will get younger.  It's in the best interest for both sides if he is traded.  He deserves a shot to win and we need to turnover the staff to the young guns and save some money to go after the Cuban outfielder Thomas.  We can then trade one of young guys (Montero, DeGrom) or one of the vets (Niese, Gee) along with Plawecki and get a shortstop from the Cubs.  We can then trade Murphy and get back young pitching to re-stock and hand over the job to Herrera.  Ideally, I would also like to find a new home for Grandy.  He's a true professional who will have a big career in broadcasting or the front office when he's done playing, but Citi Field is too big for him.  Trade him to a team that plays in a smaller ballpark where his flyouts are home runs or doubles.


2015:


Russell - ss

Herrera - 2B

Thomas - LF

Duda - 1B

Wright - 3B

Grandy - RF (likely won't be traded)

Lagares - CF

D'Arnaud - C

Harvery, Wheeler, Thor, 2 out of DeGrom, Montero, Niese, Gee (with Matz in the wings)


Bullpen:


Mejia

Familia

Parnell

Black

Edgin

Torres

Gorski


Bench:

Campbell

Den Decker

Kirk

Tejada

Recker 

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

We all from fans to press to talking heads owe Lucas Duda a huge apology. Nobody had any confidence (myself included) in Duda. we all were pulling for Ike and didn't think Duda had anything. he sucked in left field and is now playing a very respectable 1st base. I am totally shocked as I've never seen a player totally utrn it around like him. yes he's like 28 but we can definitely get some good years out of him if indeed this is the player he really is. he also hit home runs that matter. Not when it's 10-1 in either direction. Congrats to Lucas-he deserves it

nashbo
nashbo

Dude is a competitor.  This is why he should come back next season and you flip Gee instead.  Mets need more players with Colons mentality.  


metjetnet
metjetnet

The real jewel in this whole Bartolo Colon story is Lucas Duda.

If you have not seen it as yet, go back and watch that clip of Lucas' post-game interview.

He's talking like a normal person. He's relaxed, thoughtful, engaged, articulate, passionate, looking right at the reporters & camera. 

Have ANY of us seen that before?

For years, Lucas Duda interviews have always been "Can't Watch TV"! Mumbling, rote, monosyllabic, eyes always averted, refusing to engage or answer the actual question asked. Always giving the impression that he'd sooner rip his flesh off & go hide in a dark room than do that particular interview...

But with Grandy now quietly playing like a mere Million Dollar Man (& no more), and Wright sliding slowly into the west… DUDA of all people seems to be taking up the leadership mantle here and actually stepping up to fill that clubhouse void.

A couple of nights earlier on this trip, a passionate DUDA was the one who declared post-game that this team had not given up, and was going to fight & scrap for the playoffs right to the very end. 

Might we be seeing this current Mets squad slowly shifting from being David Wright's team to Lucas Duda's team?

Did the sun just rise in the West?

Bob
Bob

From the day this signing was announced I assumed that the plan was to trade him once he gained some value to make room for Syndergaard/Montero, but now that Bartolo has been pitching so well as we've seen Gee take a few steps back, maybe you leave Gee out of next year's rotation and let Bartolo stay. 


I think it really depends on what is offered for Colon. Of course he has to get claimed first...

11gilkey
11gilkey

Colon has been a true professional this year and I bet he ends up still on the Mets next year.  They are not going to just give him away.  He's good for 200 reliable innings. He's a good deal at 11 mill.  A lot more than the fragile Mr. Gee and Mr. Neise can say.  Harvey, Colon, Wheeler, DeGrom, Neise/Gee in 2015.  

jrb74
jrb74

I hate to have the passing of Colon's mother and his willingness to pitch while grieving be the motivation for the Mets' offensive explosion yesterday; but Duda's comments imply that given the proper motivation, they CAN hit and score runs.  Terry, what say you?????

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

If this team has to have the proper motivation then why is Terry still here?

nncyel
nncyel

@jojo218 It's amazing that no one talks about him - just Abreu and Nelson Cruz. FA the Mets passed on with the second highest WAR among NL SS. But it was pretty clear the Cardinals wanted him. They went to the WS with a worse SS than Tejada (something all the Tejada bashers conveniently overlook when they say that the Mets can't win with him as SS or that he's not an everyday player, but I digress) and they clearly made him a priority and gave him more money than the Mets ever would've given him. And of course he would've had to want to come here which he probably didn't - which organization would you choose - another thing too many posters conveniently ignore - when the player is a FA he has to want to come here. It's not all the FO's failure in many of these FA cases.

nncyel
nncyel

@BerryBeltran Really? This is a completely inappropriate post. Who the hell are you to judge other people? And to use someone's misfortune as the means to berate others in the organization. You think no one else in the organization cares and is trying hard to be successful? Absurd. I'm sure there are some slackers here and there, but to judge people that you have no day-to-day interaction with and paint them all with the same brush is offensive. The Mets aren't winning. That doesn't mean they (players, manager, FO) aren't putting their heart and soul into trying to win. And for you to suggest otherwise is offensive. Did I mention this is an offensive post? Good. Done.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Jeff Lubatkin This is one of the few posts like this that actually makes some sense. The only problem I think is that Theo had to give up Samardizja to get Russell so I don't think you get him without giving up a Thor or a Wheeler. 

Smart thing about your idea is it actually saves them money since you are moving Murphy and Colon and Russell making minimum. They can stagger Tomas money so they can maintain payroll the same as this year.

So do you deal Syndergaard or Wheeler to get Russell? 

Bob
Bob

@Jeff Lubatkin I have no reason to believe that the Mets will chase Tomas. And if they do- they will be outbid by a bigger team. I also would rather chase Baez because Russell might not be ready to be an everday MLB SS by Opening Day next year. Just saying. I think the team you have laid out is a really good one, I just doubt the FO's ability to make it happen. 

dannym28
dannym28

@Jeff Lubatkin Russell and DH will be up in mid june or maybe may, if you are correct, flores and maybe a jed lowrie are our opening day middle infield

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Jeff Lubatkin I'd love to see them get Russell, but if the Cubs are going to trade one of their SS's, I doubt that's the one they move. He's only one I think they're convinced actually is a SS. My guess is it's most likely Castro, if anyone. Which, depending on what the Mets have to give up to get him, I might not be so thrilled over.

nagel100
nagel100

@JasonMiles 28-33 are allayer's prime years unless you are Mike Trout.


he is finally playing full time but he still can't hit lefties and we have to see what he brings next year BUT Alderson gets a grade of  A plus for keeping Duda over Ike and this  forum get an F.


since July 1 he leads the everyone in homers and they are not cheap.  citi field is not a problem for him.


the best part of his improvement is his aggressiveness and his improved glove.  first is no longer a problem.


Just LF and ss.  once Colon is claimed  we should have his money and CYoung's money to work with.  that should fill left field.  Nelson Cruz for 3 years for 50 million or mike cuddyer for the same deal will take care of LF and give us a middle of the order hitter.



SS?  easy.  Castro and I'd offer Niese, Gee , Flores , Den Decker.  .


we can start with a kiddie corps of Harvey, Wheelser, Degrom, Montero and matzoball.





Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@metjetnet The vast majority of us were wrong on that one. I have to give Sandy credit, I never thought Duda would materialize into the player he's become.

I'm still not 100% convinced he's anything more than a placeholder for Dom Smith sometime down the road, but his job with the major league club definitely looks secure through his arbitration years at least. That's a far cry from where he was in Spring Training.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@jrb74 Probably had more to do with the Dodger's starting pitching.  These are professionals, external life events won't change things much over the course of a season.  If I'm having open heart surgery, I hope the surgeon performs at a high level whether or not he won or lost his card game the night before.  The best motivational speech for those performing at the highest level is "Do what you're trained to do."

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@jrb74 helps when the Dodgers scrub pitches ... Tejeda hit a home run ... come on

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Albert E Lewis There's no point in firing him now, with the season barely over a month from ending. Hopefully Sandy sees the light in the off season and moves on from him, but it doesn't sound like it.

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

@Tarheel11 Ideally I would like to keep Syndergaard and Wheeler but would be willing to give up DeGrom despite his success.  A kid with Syndergaard's size is tough to trade.  But, would you trade RA Dickey for D'Arnaud and Russell?  That's one way of looking at it.  In that context, it would be difficult not to trade Thor for Russell if offered.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Bob @Jeff Lubatkin Based on what Castillo just got from the Red Sox, sadly you might be right. I was hoping the market on Tomas would remain reasonable, b/c his scouting report says he's not the same kind of player as Abreu or Puig. But neither did Castillo's, and he just got more than either of them.


I was really hoping Tomas would be a real possibility for this team, and if his contract stayed on the level of say Cespedis' fist big league contract, it might have. But some team will probably grossly overpay for him now just because he's Cuban.

dannym28
dannym28

@Bob @Jeff Lubatkin i like russell, he's a better fielder and maybe his power is not as good as baez's but he hits and walks more

dannym28
dannym28

@Eddie_Dean @Jeff Lubatkin i think its baez, hes the only one not involved with theo or jed, russell was traded for and castro was signed long term by the two. 

metjetnet
metjetnet

@Eddie_Dean @metjetnet Smith is a good bet, but is a good 3+ years away. So Lucas is no placeholder here.

If he fully steps into the spotlight & if this is the Lucas that we're gonna get, then yes, this man is becoming a star.

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

@Eddie_Dean @Bob @Jeff Lubatkin Being from Cuba suddenly has appeal.  Perhaps the Mets didn't want to pay up for Castillo given that he's 27.  I think Thomas is 23.  If they move Bartolo ($11MM) and Murphy ($9MM projected for 2015), they may figure out a way.  The diehard fan base (those that blog here) have been very, very patient.  But it's time to put a contending team on the field.  We've waited for the pitching to come and now it's here.  So, get aggressive in the offseason and make it happen.

Jeff Lubatkin
Jeff Lubatkin

@dannym28 @Eddie_Dean @Jeff Lubatkin Good point.  If Baez can improve his pitch selection he could be a middle of the order threat.  He's a better fielder than Flores so if his offense is there, you can live with him at SS.  Don't understand what happens to Flores when he's on the roster.  Is he a AAAA offensive player?  That would be bad considering he's not even a AAA defensive player.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@nagel100 @Eddie_Dean @Albert E Lewis Anyone would look like a better manager if they had talent. Doesn't mean Collins is a good manager. He's managed other teams, with better talent than this one, and still looked incompetent. Pointing out how bad the roster is is not a reason for Terry to keep his job.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Jeff Lubatkin @Eddie_Dean @Bob I don't think that Castillo was a perfect fit for the Mets to begin with, and on top of that I don't think that Sandy was willing to overpay for him. I'm not bothered that Castillo didn't sign with the Mets, b/c I'd rather have Tomas anyway. I just don't like the amount he signed for, because of what it does to the market. I actually wish he'd of taken the Yankees's offer, which was considerably less.


I'm all for getting Tomas in here, but I don't want Sandy to grossly overpay for him. Nothing you read about him would make you think he's worth the contract Castillo just got, but I have a suspicion that it's what he'll get. This team just can't afford to overpay for players like that. Sad that we're talking about a ballclub in the largest market in the sport, but that's the world we live in these days.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Jeff Lubatkin @dannym28 @Eddie_Dean Yeah, Flores is certainly a head scratcher. Hit at every level of the minors, but can't stick it with the major league club.

One thing I've started to wonder about him is whether his position affects him. He's not an everyday SS, I think even he knows that at some level. Sometimes when a guy can't get comfortable in the field, he can take it to the plate. Look no further than first base to see that in action. Remember how much easier and comfortable Duda looked at the plate the moment they removed him from the outfield and switched him to first? If Flores can find a spot in the field he'd be comfortable at, I wonder if the same thing might happen? Most likely won't happen in Flushing though, I'm coming to believe.