When the New York Mets signed aging 40-year-old starting pitcher Bartolo Colon this offseason, I immediately thought they were crazy, and I still do. Even though Colon went 18-6 last season for the Oakland Athletics, you just know at his age that was going to be the last great season he will ever have in MLB, but that of course did not stop the Mets from giving him a two-year deal worth $20 million.
However, I am sure the Mets do not expect Colon to give them 18 wins this season, or at least I hope, and that their expectations for him are something like a 12-9 record this upcoming season.
In Colon’s first start with the Mets, manager Terry Collins said he was impressed with him, but I do not think anyone else really was. Colon started out good in his Mets’ Spring Training debut, but finished off poorly, giving up five hits and three earned runs in four innings pitched while getting the loss.
Now today, in Colon’s second start in Spring Training for the Mets, against the Chicago Cubs, he would end up getting a no-decision in a 9-4 Mets win, but actually pitched worse than in his first start. Against the Cubs today, Colon pitched 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits, four earned runs and two home runs, both to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
So despite the Mets’ 9-4 win over the Cubs this afternoon, Colon had yet another unimpressive start, already looking as if the Mets made a mistake in signing him for not one, but two years.