When his scoreless streak was snapped at 31 innings on Thursday night in Atlanta, Bartolo Colon stared incredulously at the center field scoreboard as it showed a replay of Jace Peterson lacing a triple into the right field corner to score Nick Swisher all the way from first base. The sparse crowd at Turner Field let out a sarcastic cheer as the reeling Braves finally had a play worth applauding.
Colon, 42, has defied logic and human nature this season and his scoreless streak was one of the many memorable moments he’s bestowed to Mets fans.
Whether it’s making behind the back put-outs to first base or driving in a critical RBI as he did in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 3-0 edge in Atlanta, there’s seemingly nothing the portly and charismatic Colon can’t do.
The old fox on a star-studded and blossoming pitching staff. Colon has been a clubhouse favorite and a sight to see both on the mound and inside the batter’s box.
The 20-year veteran isn’t all fluff—well maybe around the midsection—as his 13 wins show that the proof is truly in the pudding.
With Matt Harvey’s innings limit a major storyline down the stretch of the regular season, Colon has been a workhorse and a rubber arm that hasn’t shied away from taking the ball for each start despite his advanced age.
General Manager Sandy Alderson has admitted that skipping starts for Noah Syndergaard will be part of the plan moving forward, which only increases the importance of Colon holding down the fort while the Mets try to preserve their young arms.
From three-All-Star appearances to an AL Cy Young Award, Colon has done it all over his two-decades of service in the Majors. The only thing that has eluded the Dominican Republic native is adding a World Series Trophy to his mantlepiece.
The Amazin’s sit 7.5 games ahead of the second-place Washington Nationals with just 22 games remaining. It’s unclear what reigning NL Player of the Week's role will be if the Mets clinch a spot in the postseason, but they have to treasure the luxury of having a selfless and amusing pitcher to promote team camaraderie and eat up innings.
New York will temporarily move to a six-man rotation in early-September, but come October Colon could be a viable veteran who brings big game experience and a fun-loving attitude to pressure-packed situations.