At 41-years-old, former All-Star Bartolo Colon is in the midst of a career season. Colon is 5-1 with a 2.90 ERA, which is much lower than his career 3.95 ERA.
“I have no problems with my arm,” said Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon.” I feel stronger every time I take the mound.”
Last night, Colon pitched a gem. Through 7.2 innings, he allowed only one earned run on the second to last batter he faced. With only two pitches at his disposal, a two-seam and four-seam fastball, he was able to knock off the Baltimore Orioles (12-12). He utilizes his control and experience to carefully place each pitch he throws. In fact, he has only given up one walk this season.
While 2015 may not turn out to be his Cy Young season back in 2005, he has the potential to make the Mets serious playoff contenders. Also, he’s setting all sorts of records this season being a 41-year-old behemoth.
On August 8, 2014, Colon won his 200th game against the Mets’ notorious rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. And on Opening Day 2015, Colon became the third opening day pitcher that was over 40-years-old to strike out eight hitters. The only other pitchers to do so are Cooperstown residents Cy Young and Nolan Ryan. Finally, Colon became the first pitcher over 40 to win his initial four appearances in the past 80 years.
It’s not surprising to see Colon pitching at this level as he has the talent; his age does not seem to hinder his natural ability. Mets pitching coach, Dan Warthen tells his young pitchers to study Colon early on in his career when he was an All-Star. Who knows? If Colon keeps pitching at this level, he may start the All-Star game for the National League.
Colon has the same amount of wins as The Dark Knight. That means something.