Bartolo Colon’s first start of the season against the Washington Nationals was not very encouraging. Even though his start will not look terrible in the box score, it was clear that Colon pitched poorly. He surrendered two home runs to Ian Desmond and Gio Gonzalez, and he allowed eight hits during his final three innings. Even though some fans feel Colon was a solid addition to the rotation, I believe he will be considered a disappointment by the time his tenure with the New York Mets is over.
While Colon is coming off a strong season, it is unrealistic to expect him to repeat it. By far, 2013 was his best season in years, and he cannot be trusted. Colon was a complete non-factor the five years after his Cy Young season in 05. He owned an ERA over five during that span, and he missed significant time with numerous arm injuries in this period. His comeback with the Oakland Athletics is also tainted due to a recent PED suspension.
At 40 years old, it is only a matter of time before his success runs out. Not only is he at an age where many pitchers do not have success, but he also carries significant injury risk.The Mets are going to need Colon to provide quality innings this season, but he has too many concerns that cannot be ignored. Colon is extremely risky, and he did not make a strong impression with his first start in a Mets uniform.