Bartolo Colon is the Veteran the New York Mets Need in Their Rotation

By Alex Susskind
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With the New York Mets on the verge of being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, the 41-year-old Bartolo Colon played the role of stopper as he provided yet another quality outing.

In a season where the Mets are without their ace, they are depending on a rotation mostly of unreliable pitchers and/or youngsters with work limits, Colon is proving to be the consistent veteran work horse this team needs in 2014. So far this season, the veteran righty has not only gone six or more inning in 10 of his 14 starts, but all 10 of these outings were quality outings. It’s one thing to have a guy who can go out there and eat up innings to protect the bullpen and set an example for the youngsters, but to have a guy who can consistently keep the opposing team off the scoreboard enough to give the team a chance to win is truly an asset.

The Mets offensive woes have been well-documented this season. Three of Colon’s quality outings have resulted in him being a hard-luck loser as his teammates scored two runs or less. In the series finale against St. Louis, Colon decided to take matters into his own hands as he hit a double in the 6th Inning and then scored a double on Eric Young Jr.  to tie the game. David Wright went on to drive in the go ahead run as Colon’s teammates gave him just enough offense for his much deserved seventh victory of the season in a 3-2 nail biter.

Colon probably won’t receive All-Star consideration due to his less than impressive numbers following a rough start to the season. However, he is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA so far in the month of June and a 1.78 ERA in his last five starts. After going eight strong and keeping his pitch count low despite the 90-degree temperature, Bartolo Colon is proving to be the ageless wonder this Mets rotation needs to survive this season.

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