The No. 3 starting pitcher on the ESPN Player Rater over the last 30 days is a big surprise. It’s not Masahiro Tanaka or Johnny Cueto. It’s New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon. He has been dominate over the last six weeks and should be added from the waiver wire in all leagues.
Colon has pitched himself to six wins over his last seven starts. He’s gone at least seven innings in those six wins. In those seven games, he has posted a 1.58 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. Colon has helped his 2014 numbers, moving to 8-5 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
In order for Colon to win six of seven, he has to allow very few runs. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a game since May 12 against the New York Yankees. The Mets offense has recently come together in order to give the starting pitchers the support they need to win.
Colon will make his next start on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are a great offense with decent power. The team is seventh in average (.259) and third in on-base percentage (.334). However, the team ranks 13th in home runs (71) and 14th in RBI (306).
Colon is currently owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues. With the numbers he has put up over the last month, he should be owned in no less than 75 percent of leagues. He doesn’t look good doing it, but Colon is putting up numbers fantasy owners love to see. If he is available, Colon is worth picking up while he’s still going strong.