The Cleveland Indians are in the perpetual surprise pick to make noise in the AL Central. Unfortunately, the team in the years past was unable to translate those projections into postseason runs. By entering the 2016 season, the team is led by Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley, and Francisco Lindor.
The New York Mets are exhaling during their day off in Cleveland after snapping a four-game losing streak. When they resume play on Friday, they will face the Indians in an interleague series. With Bartolo Colon returning to his old stomping grounds in facing the right-hander Cody Anderson, this can make their chances in winning the game on Friday.
With Colon’s first start of his 19th major league season went well, he did a pitch that made the team lost to thePhiladelphia Phillies. He surrendered an opposite-field homer to Ryan Howard to the open fifth inning. That included all of the damage as the Mets lost to the Phillies, 1-0, on Saturday at Citi Field.
“It will be a great privilege and a big moment for me to return back to where it all started,” Colon said via ESPN.
With the Mets having to played only twice during the first five days of the season, he has worked hard in the relief in Kansas City during the opening series. This past Saturday's was a head start on his first game since logging six innings from the Grapefruit League game on March 28th. He is still sharp and is limited to the Phillies to one run on five hits while striking out seven in six innings.
Colon was originally signed by the Indians back in 1993 where he spent his first six major league seasons with that organization. After six league seasons, he was traded to the Montreal Expos in the infamous deals for the prospects of Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore.
The manager Terry Collins pulled Colon at 90 pitches since the 42-year-old righty that had not worked much too late. Collins also thought that the Phillies were beginning to make a better contact later in Colon’s outing.
“After they hit the home run, all of a sudden some other balls started to get squared up,” Collins said. “So I thought 90 was good tonight.”