This offseason, the New York Mets signed veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million contract after he recorded an outstanding season with the Oakland Athletics in 2013, going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He also made his first All-Star team in eight years last season, threw a league-leading three complete game shutouts and finished sixth in the AL Cy Young voting. Not bad for a man his age.
However, the now 41-year-old Colon got off to a rather shaky start with his new club this season, and he entered play on Wednesday with a 3-5 record and a bloated 5.34 ERA in his first nine outings. He had also allowed nine home runs in just 57.1 innings pitched, compared to 14 all of last season in 190.1 innings of work.
However, the tide seemed to turn for Colon in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He truly resembled his 2013 form today and finally looked like the pitcher who the Mets thought they had signed over the winter. Colon threw 7.1 scoreless innings, allowed only five hits, one walk, recorded nine strikeouts and was rewarded with his fourth win of the season. His nine Ks today now give him a total of 2,002 in his 17-year MLB career.
It should also be noted that he lowered his ERA to 4.73 today, and his WHIP has now fallen to a very respectable 1.28. Colon is proving that he can still get the job done.
It is also noteworthy that the Mets’ victory over the Pirates today also marked the first time they have won a series in the month of May. However, they did split a four-game series with the New York Yankees two weeks ago.
Obviously, the Mets have certainly been bitten by their fair share of bad luck in recent months. Losing ace Matt Harvey was certainly a tremendous blow for this club, and Curtis Granderson has not been performing the way that everyone had hoped as his batting average is still hovering in the low .200s.
However, at the end of the day, the Mets are still not that far back in the NL East, and Colon will certainly help them make up some ground if he can continue to pitch like he did today. The season is still very young, and Colon’s outing today was most certainly a sign that there is still plenty of hope for Mets fans this season.