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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%: 90/65 | Average Draft Position: 231.49
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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.


Mets SP Bartolo Colon picks up third win of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon produced his third-consecutive solid outing of the season to defeat the Marlins on Friday. 

Colon pitched seven innings while giving up one run on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five. He is now 3-0 on the season.

"Now I'm a better pitcher because I can command the situation a lot better than when I used to," Colon said, per MLB.com

By getting his third win of the season, Colon became the fifth pitcher in the last 60 years to win each of his first three (or more) starts of a season at age 41 or older, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

His lone blemish was a first-inning home run to Giancarlo Stanton. His next scheduled start is expected to be Thursday against the Braves.


Bartolo Colon could become one of oldest pitchers to win first three starts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon is seeking to become the fifth pitcher in the last 60 years to win each of his first three (or more) starts of a season at age 41 or older, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, per ESPN. Colon, who turns 42 next month, will try to reach that feat Friday night at home against Miami.

Colon went 1-1 with a 2.45, a 1.36 WHIP and 12:1 K:BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings against Miami last season. He owns a 2.77 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and 13:1 K:BB ratio over 13 innings of work to start the season.


Mets' Bartolo Colon strikes out five in win vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed three earned runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 4-3 win over the Braves.

Colon (2-0) appeared to let the win slip away after serving up a solo home run in the seventh inning, but the Mets were able to score a run in the top of the eighth to retake the lead for good. Colon also put his team ahead in the fourth inning with an RBI single. As he didn't manage an RBI in his first season in New York, it was the first time he drove in a run with his bat since the 2005 season.

Colon will look for a third straight quality start Friday against the Marlins.


Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon strikes out eight in win on Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon went six innings Monday, allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in New York's 3-1 win over the Nationals.

Colon worked efficiently through his start, needing just 86 pitches in his six innings of work. His only blemish came in the fourth inning when Bryce Harper ripped a solo home run to right field, Washington's only run of the game. Colon now has a 1.50 ERA on the year.

Colon will look to keep rolling Sunday against the Braves.


Mets SP Bartolo Colon finishes spring 0-3 with 7.02 ERA


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon took the hill Wednesday against the Cardinals for one final spring outing before he starts in the season opener Monday against the Nationals. Colon allowed three runs on six hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out two in a 5-4 loss.

Colon finishes the spring with a 0-3 record and 7.02 ERA. He went 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts against the Nationals last season.


Mets line up Colon, deGrom, Harvey for first three games


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins announced Monday that Bartolo Colon will draw the start for Opening Day on April 6 against the Nationals, while Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will follow Colon in the rotation, The Star-Ledger reports.

The news confirms a report from Sunday indicating that Colon, deGrom and Harvey would face the Nationals in the first series of the season. Colon will become the oldest Opening Day starter in franchise history, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007.


Report: Mets tap Bartolo Colon for Opening Day, set rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) The Mets will start Bartolo Colon on April 6 in the regular-season opener against the Nationals, ESPNNewYork.com reported Sunday.

The team confirmed the report Monday. Colon is set to become the team's oldest Opening Day starter ever, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007. He went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA and 151:30 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings.

Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom will start the team's second game of the season as well as the home opener against the Phillies. Matt Harvey, who was in the mix to pitch the home opener, will follow deGrom in both of the first two trips through the rotation.


Collins: Bartolo Colon on schedule for 'big year' with Mets


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) 41-year-old Bartolo Colon shaved two and a half runs off his spring ERA with a solid start for the Mets on Friday. 

Colon allowed two runs and six hits in four and two thirds innings, walking one and striking out five. 

"It was the best location I had all spring," Colon said, per MLB.com's Paul Hagen.

"I thought he made some really, really good pitches," manager Terry Collins said of Colon's 72-pitch outing. "That's what you want to see out of him. He just continues to pitch to the corners and the four quadrants. ... He's right on track to have another big year."


Three runs in three innings for Mets' Bartolo Colon


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Mets starter Bartolo Colon pitched three innings, giving up three runs on Tuesday. 

Colon allowed five hits, but the big hit was a three-run home run by Freddie Freeman with two outs in the third. Colon walked one and struck out one.

"I'm right on schedule," he told NJ.com's Mike Vorkunov I've got command of all my pitches. I'm hoping to go at least four innings in my next start. Overall, I feel pretty good." 


Report: Bartolo Colon in the running to start opening day for Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) The Mets are strongly considering veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon for the opening day start April 6 at Washington, multiple sources told ESPN. The sources added the Mets have narrowed the choices to Colon and one other pitcher, who was not named.

If Colon, who went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA in 2014, gets the nod, then he would become the oldest pitcher (41 years, 317 days old) to start on opening day in the majors since Jamie Moyer (43 years, 136 days) and Randy Johnson (42 years, 205 days) in 2006. He also would become the oldest Mets' opening day starter, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007 (41 years, 7 days). 

Colon has started six times on opening day. Dillon Gee started on opening day for the Mets last season.


Report: Dillon Gee 'could be traded' by Mets in spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Mets RHP Dillon Gee was the subject of offseason trade rumors. That's understandable, since he arrived at spring training as one of six established starting pitchers on the Mets' staff. 

The other candidates for the Mets' rotation are: LHP Zack Wheeler, 41-year-old RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Jon Niese , RHP Jacob deGrom, who won last season's NL Rookie of the Year award and RHP Matt Harvey, returning after missing last year with arm surgery.

A source told ESPN New York that, although there wasn't much trade talk on the first day of camp, Gee "could be traded" during the spring, if the right deal came along.

Colon is also a candidate to be traded to clear the logjam in the starting rotation.  

If the team keeps all six pitchers, Gee is the leading candidate to be sent to the bullpen for long relief and the occasional spot start. 

Gee was 7-8, with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last year. In his five MLB seasons, all with the Mets, he's 40-34, 3.91. His last relief appearance was in 2011. 


Report: Three to four teams still in on Mets SP Dillon Gee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Three to four clubs still remain interested in Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, sourced told Mike Puma of the New York Post. Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon are still "long-shots" to be traded, per the report.

Gee settled for $5.3 million next season prior to Friday's arbitration deadline. He finished last season 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA, marking the third time in four years his ERA has reached that level.


Report: Mets expect SP trade talks to heat up, Gee top target


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) The Mets are expecting trade talks to pick up for starting pitchers Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon, a team source told the New York Post.

Gee appears to be the most likely candidate to be traded. New York was trying to deal him at the Winter Meetings in December. The Mets appear hesitant to trade Niese because he might be the only left-handed candidate for the rotation.

The source said if the Mets can't make a trade, there is a chance the team would go to spring training with six starters and have one of them potentially open the 2015 season in the bullpen.


Mets GM Alderson: We're not looking to trade SP Bartolo Colon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters he's not interested in moving 41-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon this offseason. He clarified he's still listening to offers for Colon, but may likely hold back on trading his veteran starter. Colon went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 151:30 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings.

"We like Bartolo...Frankly, we're not looking to trade him," Alderson said, per the Star-Ledger.