New York Mets' Starting Pitchers are a Strength

By Dan Marsiglia
Bartolo Colon
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The New York Mets spoiled the Atlanta Braves home opener Tuesday night, winning 4-0 thanks to some timely hitting and a stellar pitching performance from Bartolo Colon.

He may not cut the most statuesque figure, but there’s no denying the man has serious talent and has astute knowledge of the game. Truth be told, Colon is a pleasure to watch on the mound. It’s fun to see how he takes over the game, making it his own. He’s a true general.

Colon shows that you don’t need overpowering stuff to get hitters out. If you can locate pitches, change speeds and control the pace of the game you’re going to have success. Even if you’re 5-foot-11 and 285 pounds.

This was another strong start in a string of solid performances from the Mets’ staff. Starting pitching continues to be the main positive for the team so far in 2014.

There’s still some serious concerns. For one thing, the team strikes out at an alarming rate. A total of 70 strikeouts in 7 games is an outrageously high total, and it’s something the Mets need to improve upon moving forward. They simply do not have enough power in their lineup to make up for not putting the ball in play.

The bullpen is another issue entirely. The Mets aren’t going to be blowing anybody out with the offense they have, so they are dependent on the bullpen to keep the game close and shut the door when necessary. The margin for error in the ‘pen is very small, and you can’t help but feel that it’s going to cost the Mets plenty of games this year.

This is the first of a three-game set in Atlanta. Zack Wheeler takes the hill tomorrow night, and a win would move the team back to .500.

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