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40 Bartolo Colon SP
Height/Weight: 5-11/283 | Birthdate: 5/24/1973 | Birthplace: Altamira, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 18 | Salary: $3,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 62/31 | Average Draft Position: 230.95
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Mets SP Bartolo Colon gets blasted by Padres on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Mets starter Bartolo Colon got roughed up by the Padres in Wednesday's 7-3 loss. Colon was charged for six runs on 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing in his tenure with the Mets. 

Colon (9-10, 4.96ERA) struggled right out of the gate in this one, as he allowed two runs in each of the first three innings, including third-inning home runs to Justin Upton and Yonder Alonso. 

Colon was coming off his best start of the year, but that came after a couple of sub-par outings for the veteran right-hander. Colon is 0-4 with a 6.99 ERA over his past four starts.


Bartolo Colon improves, but Mets unable to top Dodgers Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Mets starter Bartolo Colon had much better results on Thursday than he has seen in recent weeks. But he was simply outpitched, as the Mets were blanked 3-0 by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Colon went eight innings on Thursday, his longest outing of the season. He allowed one run on five hits, while striking out four and walking none. He was lifted after throwing just 88 pitches (60 strikes). 

The only run Colon allowed was a solo home run to Mets-nemesis Jimmy Rollins in the third inning. Colon, who evened his record to 9-9 on Thursday, lowered his ERA to 4.60 with the performance.

He entered play on Thursday with a 6.18 ERA over his last five starts, so this was a vast improvement for the 42-year-old veteran.


Mets SP Bartolo Colon struggles against Cardinals on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Mets starter Bartolo Colon did not have his best stuff working on Saturday, as he got knocked around by the Cardinals. Colon faced 10 batters and gave up four runs in the first inning, but then he settled in, throwing up zeroes for the next three frames.

But he got into more trouble in the fifth, and allowed three more runs to score. All told, Colon lasted 4 1/3 innings, and was charged with seven runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out five in an outing that lifted his ERA to 4.86.

"It's all command with him," manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "Bartolo does not change the way he pitches. Primarily fastball, with a mix of some changeups and some sliders, but when he commands the fastball, the other stuff is just an accent. And when he doesn't command the fastball, he's not the kind of a guy who's going to go strictly offspeed, he just doesn't pitch like that, and tonight he just didn't have the command."

Colon (9-8) has faced the Cardinals twice this season, and has given up a total of 17 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings. 


Mets roll out rotation plans for first series after All-Star break


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) The Mets finalized their rotation plans for the first series after the All-Star break. It was already announced Noah Syndergaard would open the series on Friday against the Cardinals, but he will be followed by Bartolo Colon and Jonathon Niese in the three-game set.

Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second series after the break against the Nationals, which starts Monday. It is not known yet who will open the three-game series.


Mets SP Bartolo Colon allows 10 hits in Tuesday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) While Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon did not surrender a home run during Tuesday's start at San Francisco, the 10 hits he allowed were his undoing during the 3-0 loss.

Colon allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings of work. He also struck out four and did not walk a batter. He is now 9-7 with a 4.46 ERA.

Colon is now winless in his last four starts despite producing a quality start in each of his last two starts.


Mets SP Bartolo Colon solid in no-decision against Cubs


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon enjoyed a solid outing in what turned out to be a no-decision against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Colon threw seven innings, gave up just three hits and no earned runs in his first no-decision of the season.

Colon (9-6) has a 4.55 ERA with 79 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 99 innings this season.


Mets going to six-man rotation, Steven Matz to debut Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz will make his MLB debut Sunday against the Reds, general manager Sandy Alderson announced Friday.

Alderson also said the team will go to a six-man rotation for the "foreseeable future," as Matz will join a rotation that features Bartolo Colon, Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.

"They're on board," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per NJ.com. "As Sandy alluded to, certainly this is in their best interest, a few of them. At the time we did it before things were moving pretty good, guys were pitching pretty well. We went back, we changed it, couple guys didn't pitch all that good even on regular rest.

"They understand we're going to give this a shot, we're going to take a good strong look at it. It's to benefit the whole organization, basically, so that we look up and everybody is pitching. We're not pushing guys back, we're not skipping, guys are out there and competing. That's what they want to do."    

Matz's arrival means Niese will get bumped from Sunday to Tuesday against the Cubs.

Matz, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 33) and MLB.com (No. 66), went 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas. He totaled 94 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings.

Since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2012, the left-hander is 24-20 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 365 2/3 innings. He is striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings in his career.


Mets P Bartolo Colon allows 4 runs, 10 hits in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed four runs in Wednesday night's 4-1 loss against the Brewers. 

Colon went six innings and gave up 10 hits and one walk while striking out three batters. Troubling for Colon is that he's now surrendered 10 earned runs over his past two games. Falling to 9-6, Colon has now lost three of his last four starts. 

Colon has a 4.89 ERA this season. 


Mets SP Bartolo Colon allows six runs in losing effort


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed six earned runs in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

Colon (9-5) threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and six earned runs. He allowed a home run to Blue Jays left fielder Chris Colabello at the top of the fifth inning, which ended his day.

The poor performance elevated Colon's ERA to 4.81 on the season.


Mets SP Bartolo Colon earns ninth win on Friday vs. Braves


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon was effective in his start on Friday against the Braves. Colon went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out three and walking two (one intentional). 

Both runs Colon surrendered came in the fifth inning, but he never trailed at any point in the game, and managed to pick up his ninth victory of the season as the Mets went on to win 5-3. 

Colon (9-4, 4.41 ERA) will make his next start Thursday in Toronto.


Mets alter rotation plans, Dillon Gee to start Sunday vs. Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Dillon Gee is headed back to the Mets rotation for at least one start, as the team announced Friday he will start Sunday against the Braves. Noah Syndergaard, who was scheduled to start Sunday, has been pushed back to Monday against the Blue Jays.

Matt Harvey is now the probable pitcher for Tuesday, and he is expected to be followed in the rotation by Jonathon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom.

The Mets are going to use a "light" six-man rotation, meaning they will slot in Gee when they can, according to ESPN.


Mets SP Bartolo Colon loses despite strong outing


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) For a while Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon has everything going for him against the Diamondbacks. But he then allowed a two-run home run to Wellington Castillo, which proved to be the difference in the 2-1 loss on Saturday.

Colon (8-4) struck out seven batters, allowed five hits and two earned runs. 

On the season, Colon has a 4.52 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 75 2/3 innings.


Mets P Bartolo Colon earns eighth win of the season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed three earned runs in Sunday afternoon's 4-3 win over the Marlins. 

Colon struck out two batters and walked one on six hits. He improves to 8-3 for the season. The two strikeouts tied a season-low for a single game this year. Colon has his issues, given his 4.72 ERA.

However, he's gotten out to eight wins as his run support has averaged 5.1 in each victory.  Colon also ripped an RBI double to help his own cause. 

"He has taken the offensive side seriously," manager Terry Collins said to NJ.com. "He and [assistant hitting coach] Pat Roessler are in the cages everyday. Hopefully he keeps it going a little bit."

Colon's next start is projected for Saturday against the Diamondbacks. 


Rivals teams prefer Mets' Bartolo Colon over Dillon Gee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) The Mets are still keeping starting pitcher Dillon Gee on the trade market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, his injury history limits his value.

Also, rival teams seem to prefer acquiring veteran Bartolo Colon.

"He takes the ball every fifth day and throws strikes," a rival executive said of Colon.


Mets planning to use six-man rotation into August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Once Dillon Gee joins the Mets rotation after his last rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton, the team plans to go to a six-man rotation through at least early August, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday.

Warthen said the goal is to have the starters make roughly 30 starts instead of the usual 33 during the regular season. The team also wants to be conservative with some of the younger arms -- Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The other two pitchers in the rotation are veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathon Niese.

"It is better for the player. It's better for the organization, at least, until we get to where we feel like we have plenty of innings left in September and still have the possibility of innings left in October," Warthen said, per ESPN.

"Our No. 1 concern is our pitchers, and our pitchers staying healthy. We have some other [young] ones -- [prospect Steven] Matz is coming along. We're going to have Syndergaard here, deGrom here, Harvey here. Those are the guys who are the big concerns. As for the other guys, they have to go along with it. It's going to only prolong their careers. From the organization's standpoint, from my standpoint, I think it's a smart thing to do."


Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon strikes out six in win on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed three runs on six hits in six innings of work in New York's 6-3 win over the Phillies on Monday.

Colon had issues in the third inning when after putting runners on second and third, he gave up an RBI single to Chase Utley, plating both runs. Then in the fifth, Colon gave up a sac fly to Ryan Howard, bringing home another run.

"I surprised myself that I'm pitching the way I'm pitching. I've been happy," Colon said through a translator to ESPN.com. "I felt great today. Everything was good.”

Colon, now 7-3, moved his ERA to 4.82 in 61 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep things rolling Sunday against the Marlins.


Mets P Bartolo Colon allows 8 earned runs in loss to Cardinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had a disastrous fourth inning during Wednesday evening's 9-0 loss to the Cardinals. 

Colon allowed six of the nine runs against him in the fourth, though one of those runs was unearned due to an error. He finished the game with eight earned runs credited to his name. Colon gave up 11 hits, struck out four batters and walked two. 

Colon has now allowed 17 earned runs in the past three games. His ERA is now 4.85 for the season. 

His next start is projected for May 25 against the Phillies. 


Rough start leads to second loss for Mets' Bartolo Colon


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon gave up six runs, five earned, in five innings in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday. 

Colon dropped to 6-2. He gave up seven hits, including two home runs, and didn't walk a batter. Colon struck out two and threw 52 strikes in 62 pitches. 

Colon's next start will be Wednesday, against St. Louis. 


Bartolo Colon providing value and durability to Mets in 2015


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) To say the Mets' 2013 offseason signing of 41-year-old Bartolo Colon has become one of the better deals in baseball would be an understatement almost the size of Colon's girth. Colon has been especially remarkable in 2015, as his six wins currently leads the National League, and his incredible 40:1 K:BB ratio has been well-documented early on this season. He also hasn't pitched fewer than six innings in any of his seven starts this year.

But this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Remember, Colon won the American League Cy Young award in 2005, and has been one of the better pitchers over the last nearly two decades. Colon just isn't the same type of pitcher he was when he came up with the Indians in 1997.

“When I was in the American League as a coach, I saw Bartolo and Jaret Wright throw 100 mph against us back-to-back days,” pitching coach Dan Warthen said, per ESPN.com.

Now, Colon is averaging 88.4 mph on his fastball. But he's added just enough movement to the pitch that he is giving opposing hitters fits in the batter's box.

“He’s mastered not just throwing strikes, but really hitting spots with that thing", backup catcher Anthony Recker said. "Then he’ll throw it away from lefties and have them fish for it. He’ll throw it in to righties and get jams. They’ll hit like a little, dinky groundball and stuff.”

Colon takes the mound on Friday for the series-opener against the Brewers. He is 3-1 lifetime against Milwaukee with a 3.97 ERA in six starts.


Mets' Bartolo Colon surrenders four runs in win vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon picked up a win Sunday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in six-plus innings while striking out six and walking none in his team's 7-4 victory over the Phillies.

Colon (6-1) gave up a homer to the opposing pitcher in the third and another run in the fourth but was able to pitch well in the next two innings to take a lead into the seventh. However, he surrendered three straight hits to open the seventh before being removed and eventually charged with two runs in the inning.

"Not tired at all," Colon said through an interpreter. "I made some good pitches. They hit the ball. They've got a good lineup. You've got to give the credit to the hitter. Those three hits, those were good pitches, but they put good swings on it."

Colon owns a 3.30 ERA and 40:1 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers at home Friday.


Mets' Dillon Gee placed on DL with groin strain


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Mets starter Dillon Gee was diagnosed with a slight groin strain, per NJ.com. He was scratched from Sunday's start and placed on the 15-day disabled list. 

Bartolo Colon will pitch in Gee's place on Sunday, and Jacob deGrom will pitch Monday.


Mets' Bartolo Colon throws 7 2/3 strong IP to win and move to 5-1


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Mets starter Bartolo Colon (5-1) allowed one run on six hits and struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings on Tuesday to defeat the Orioles. 

Colon was working on a shutout until Manny Machado popped a solo homer in the eighth inning off the right hander. 

Colon rebounded from his previous start where he had surrendered four runs in 6 2/3 for his only loss. 

"I was just a thrower back then. I threw gas," Colon said through a translator. "Now I'm old, and I'm a better pitcher."

With the win against the Orioles, Colon becomes the first pitcher in almost 100 years in MLB history to beat the same team as a member of seven different clubs (Indians, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Athletics, Mets). 

"Just what he's been doing forever," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

"He's been doing it for so long. I feel like he has a scouting report on every hitter in the big leagues," Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said.

Colon's next start is scheduled for Monday in Chicago against the Cubs.


Report: Mets no longer interested in trading Bartolo Colon


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) When the Mets signed starting pitcher Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million contract in Dec. 2013, the veteran right-hander was viewed as a placeholder until some of the more promising arms in the team's minor-league system were ready for the majors.

It was always anticipated the Mets were going to deal Colon, but the trade market has not developed as the team had hoped, as potential trade suitors are focused more on Colon's age (41) and weight, and not his production, according to the New York Daily News.

It now appears the Mets unable to move Colon could pay dividends for the club, as they could be in the playoff mix later this season.

“Our thinking has changed a lot,” one team insider said.

The Mets are not expected to make Colon available this summer, unless trading him would somehow directly improve their playoff chances, according to the Daily News. Team insiders said the plan began to change late last season.

Colon is 4-1 with a 3.31 ERA through five starts this season and is 19-14 with a 3.98 ERA in 36 starts with the Mets.

“I learn everything from him,” closer Jeurys Familia said. “Everything I can. I ask him all the time about situations in the game.

“He says that every day he pitches is the best day for him. He’s happy, because he doesn’t know if he is going to pitch again. You never know. So he enjoys every game he pitches like it’s the last game. When you enjoy what you do, it’s easier.”


Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon allows four runs in losing effort Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed four runs on nine hits, including one home run, in 6 2/3 innings of work in New York's 7-3 loss to the Marlins Wednesday.

Colon was tagged in the first inning for a two-run home run by Giancarlo Stanton, but settled down and didn't allow another run until the fifth. Stanton reached safely on an infield single, allowing Donovan Solano to score from third. Then in the seventh, Colon allowed a double to Adeiny Hechavarria, who reached third on a sacrifice. Dee Gordon brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center.

Colon, now 4-1, pushed his ERA to 3.31 in 32 2/3 innings. He will look to get back on track Tuesday against the Orioles.


Bartolo Colon improves to 4-0 as Mets run win streak to 11 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon improved to 4-0 through his first four starts, as the Mets defeated the Braves, 6-3, for an 11th straight win Thursday. 

Colon (4-0) allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out five in six innings. He now has 23 strikeouts to just one walk in 26 innings. He has not issued a walk in three straight starts.

The Braves got a run off Colon in the second inning on Andrelton Simmons' RBI double. They added two more runs in the fourth to tie the game at 3 on an RBI single from Simmons and a sac fly from Jace Peterson.

The Mets went ahead in the fifth inning and Colon threw two scoreless innings to finish off his outing Thursday.

The veteran right-hander admitted to pitching with a blister on his right hand Thursday.

"It only bothered me on breaking pitches," he said, per MLB.com. "But I don't use those, so it didn't bother me at all."

He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Miami since the Mets will be using a sixth starter in Rafael Montero on Tuesday at Miami.