by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Athletics starter Bartolo Colon had a solid performance on the mound Monday in a win at Texas. The veteran Colon was facing an opponent making his first career start in Josh Lindblom and experience won out.
Colon improved to 4-2 on the year as he limited the Rangers to just two runs on six hits and two walks over seven solid innings. He threw 95 pitches and struck out three batters. His ERA is now at 4.31.
Colon picked up his first win in May and first since improving to 3-0 on April 23 against Boston. Colon will look to make it two straight when he next takes the hill Sunday at Houston.
Bartolo Colon manages career first
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Athletics starter Bartolo Colon accomplished a career first Tuesday night against the Rangers.
Colon gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk over six innings. He threw 77 pitches and his ERA is 4.56.
He snapped a string of consecutive losses and remains 3-2. His next scheduled start comes Monday in another outing against the Rangers in Texas.
Bartolo Colon's former team gets the best of him
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon had nothing working during a 9-2 loss to Cleveland Thursday. Colon (3-2), who was facing his former team for the first time since 2005, allowed a season-high six runs on eight hits, while striking out four in four innings.
The right-hander got into trouble early, as the second batter in the first inning, Jason Kipnis, connected for a two-run homer following Michael Brantley's leadoff single. The Indians added three more runs in the second inning and Nick Swisher hit a solo home run leading off the third inning.
Colon's ERA rose from 3.62 to 4.57. It was the third straight start he allowed three or more runs. It was the second time in three starts he allowed at least five earned runs.
Colon is expected to return to action Tuesday against the Rangers. Colon was 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in two starts against Texas last season.
Bartolo Colon suffers first defeat
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Athletics starter Bartolo Colon once again did not walk a batter Saturday during his start in New York. Unfortunately, that didn't translate into a win.
Colon took his first loss of the year against the Yankees as he allowed three earned runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a solo homer to Chris Stewart in the third inning and a solo shot to Lyle Overbay in the fifth. Colon struck out three.
Colon (3-1) has a 3.62 ERA and has given up one walk over 37 1/3 innings of six starts. He has 23 Ks. Colon makes his next start Thursday at Cleveland.
Bartolo Colon hurt by big inning
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Athletics starter Bartolo Colon gave up a big inning in the fourth against the Orioles in Oakland Sunday afternoon. That was enough for him to be saddled with the no-decision.
Colon was lucky not to take the loss as the Athletics regrouped against Miguel Gonzalez and the Orioles pitching staff. They came back from a 5-0 deficit after five innings to tie the score.
Colon allowed five earned runs on nine hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out three over 75 pitches. Colon's ERA is now at 3.38 as his record remains at 3-0. Colon has walked just one batter this season over 32 innings with 20 strikeouts. His next scheduled start comes Saturday in New York against the Yankees.
Bartolo Colon not getting enough credit
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/24/2013) I know. He's 39, doesn't get the swings and misses he used to and is coming off a 50-game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs, so he doesn't exactly deserve the red-carpet treatment.
But the numbers speak for themselves: Bartolo Colon is an effective pitcher. Has been for a little more than three seasons now.
And after three straight start of six-plus innings with only one walk between them, he deserves to be rostered in more than 42 percent of leagues.
I'm not recommending him over Derek Holland, Jose Quintana, Julio Teheran or anyone like that. The upside just doesn't compare. But as long he's healthy, Colon will be a reliable streaming option for the occasional two-start week. Think another Jeremy Guthrie, who's owned in about 60 percent of leagues.
Bartolo Colon finally walks a batter
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Athletics starter Bartolo Colon finally walked his first batter of the season Tuesday night in Boston. Pitching through freezing temperatures and terrible conditions, Colon went 24 innings this season before his first free pass.
Regardless, he cruised to victory as Red Sox starter Alfredo Aceves was blown apart and the A's held a 13-0 lead when the game went into a rain delay after seven innings. Colon, now 3-0, allowed just a walk and three hits over seven shutout frames. He struck out seven and lowered his ERA to 2.42.
Colon has allowed just one earned run on seven hits with 10 Ks over his last two starts, spanning 13 innings. He's been sensational for Oakland and will look to continue that when he next takes the ball on Sunday against Baltimore.
Colon is set to take the hill twice in the week, Tuesday in Boston and Sunday against the Orioles. Melchoir has him ranked 68th among starters this week. Colon is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in his first three starts since being activated from a suspension.
Fantasy owners looking for a waiver-wire pickup to stick at the back of the rotation for Week 4 could do worse than Colon, who is currently owned in 27 percent of leagues.
Bartolo Colon pounding the strike zone
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon continues to pound the strike zone.
Since 2011, Colon has posted lower walk rates than usual, fueling his success in recent seasons. Even after his suspension, Colon has been able to retain his strike-heavy approach. Colon doesn't have a ton of upside in Fantasy leagues, but his approach does give him some value. For what it's worth, Colon's fastball velocity is the same as it was in 2012. So it appears he hasn't lost much after his suspension.
Bartolo Colon earns second win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013) Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon earned his second win of the season by holding the Astros to one earned run on four hits in six innings, striking out three and walking none while throwing 97 pitches.
Colon allowed just two baserunners after the first inning, both on two-out singles. His next start should come Tuesday in Boston.
Bartolo Colon strong in no-decision
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon allowed three earned runs in seven innings Friday night against the Tigers while striking out five, walking none and allowing eight hits. Colon exited after 85 pitches with the score tied.
It was Colon's second straight quality start to open the year, and he has not walked a batter in 13 innings. Colon will draw his first opponent, the Astros, in his next start.
Bartolo Colon picks up win in return from suspension
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Athletics starter Bartolo Colon made his season debut Saturday against the Astros, after serving the final five games of his 50-game suspension for testosterone last season.
Colon gave up a three-run home run to Jason Castro in the fourth inning for his only damage of the night. He yielded three runs on eight hits in six innings of work to pick up his first win of the season. He also struck out two and did not issue any walks in 83 pitches.
"I thought he threw the ball great," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Colon. "The one pitch he's trying to come in on Castro and it ran all the way across the plate and he put the bat on it and hit it to the part of the park where it's easiest to go deep. Other than that I thought he threw the ball really well."
Colon, who has a 4.50 ERA after his first start, will take the mound Friday at home against the Tigers. He allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- in 2 1/3 innings of work in his previous meeting against Detroit in May of 2012.
Bartolo Colon activated for start
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Athletics starter Bartolo Colon was activated from the suspended list, as expected, Saturday. Colon will make his first start of 2013 Saturday at Houston against Bud Norris.
Get ready to use Bartolo Colon in points leagues
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/3/2013) Having served all but five games of his 50-game suspension for testosterone last season, Bartolo Colon will return to the Athletics' rotation this Saturday at the Astros. Apparently, Fantasy owners were unimpressed with Colon's first season in Oakland, in which he went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, as he is currently owned in only 9 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com.
That likely makes Colon the most underowned pitcher in Fantasy. At the very least, he should be rostered in standard mixed leagues that use a points format. Colon led the majors with the lowest rate of pitches per plate appearance (3.37) and the highest strikes-thrown rate (70 percent), which helped him to average 6 1/3 innings per start. His stinginess with walks also contributed to his low ERA and WHIP, which he could approximate again this year.
That alone may not help Colon's popularity in Rotisserie leagues, but owners in Head-to-Head points leagues need to look into him as a potential back-of-the-rotation upgrade.
Bartolo Colon Ks six Giants
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon made his final appearance of the spring in an exhibition game against the Giants at O.co Coliseum Saturday.
Colon pitched the final four innings and allowed a three-run home run to Guillermo Quiroz in the seventh. He was charged with three runs -- two earned -- and three hits in a 4-3 victory. He also struck out six and did not issue a walk in 47 pitches.
He had a 6.30 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP this spring. A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters he would pitch the team's sixth game of the year in Houston once he comes off suspension. He is 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA in six career starts against the Astros.
Bartolo Colon stingy during spring
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon gave up three runs and six hits over five innings of a 9-7 victory over Milwaukee in Cactus League play Monday. Making his second-straight start, Colon fanned three and walked none. The veteran right-hander has 12 strikeouts to one walk in five total appearances this spring. "He threw all of his pitches," manager Bob Melvin said. "He threw the ball well." Colon will sit out the first five games of the season while completing his 50-game suspension for a positive drug test last year.
Bartolo Colon roughed up in minor-league game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon had a rough time getting batters out Wednesday, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs in five innings while throwing 81 pitches in a minor-league start. He added three strikeouts and walked two batters.
Colon has allowed 22 hits and 11 runs (nine earned) for the A's in 11 Cactus League innings this spring. He's expected to be inserted back into the team's rotation immediately once ready despite how poorly he's pitched this spring.
Bartolo Colon settles down after tough opening frame
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) A's pitcher Bartolo Colon ran into trouble early, but he settled down in his second Cactus League start Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Colon, who has five games left on his 50-game suspension for his substance abuse violation, allowed a pair of runs in the opening frame for his only damage on the afternoon.
He allowed two runs on six hits in four innings of work. He also struck out three and did not issue a walk.
"He's the kind of guy that knows how to prepare and get ready for the season," A's manager Bob Melvin said, "so we don't get too caught up in results for him although he threw the ball pretty well after the first inning today."
Colon is competing with Dan Straily and Travis Blackley for the final starting spot on the team. He has posted a 7.36 ERA in four Cactus League appearances.
Colon cools off D-Backs
(3/10/2013) A's pitcher Bartolo Colon had a couple of rough outings to begin his Cactus League but was able to settle down Sunday against the Diamondbacks. He allowed one run on four hits over three innings of work. Colon also struck out four and walked one. "He was good," manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com. "Sometimes here in the desert, it's difficult for him to get that two-seamer to move like he likes it. The air here makes it tough. He got all his pitches in, though, and I thought he did real well."
Colon roughed up by K.C.
(3/5/2013) A's pitcher Bartolo Colon made his second start of the Cactus League on Tuesday against the Royals but was not very effective. He allowed five runs on seven hits over two innings of work. The right-hander also struck out two with no walks while throwing 48 pitches, 32 for strikes. ''He's getting his work in, but he obviously would like to do better than that,'' said bench coach and acting manager Chip Hale. ''There was some pretty hard contact. He probably missed a little bit too much over the plate. He felt good after he was done. His velocity was good. He used all of his pitches.''
Colon makes spring debut
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (2/28/2013) Pitching for the first time since his performance enhancing drugs suspension last August, As starting pitcher Bartolo Colon made his first appearance of he Spring Thursday against the Cubs. Colon was the second pitcher to appear in the game, and he tossed a pair of innings, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on five hits. He struck out four batters, taking the loss in a 5-3 game.
Colon expects no ill effects
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/19/2013)The Oakland Tribune reports A's starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, who was suspended in August for using performance-enhancing drugs, said he expects no ill effects as he prepares for the 2013 season. "Yes. I feel good now," Colon said through his interpreter after being asked if he body would hold up.
Colon looks "good" in winter league
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (1/3/2013) A's starter Bartolo Colon, pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League, has given up seven earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over four starts. This gives Colon a 4.61 ERA. He has also struck out 13 batters and walked one. A's assistant general manager David Forst told MLB.com that Colon, "looked good in all four of his starts, based on reports."