Unlike most of the Mets moves of the past four years, the signing of Bartolo Colon was a very fast process. The signing was something of a surprise, and most of our reaction to Bartolo was about the merits of the transaction. Today I wanted to forget about the dollars, as hard as that can be, and think about what we are expecting Colon to produce this year.
Colon’s 2014 season? Sure, piece of cake. And I mean, a large piece of cake. Listen, before I weigh in on this topic, I should announce that I am trying to quit with the offensive fat jokes. It’s one of the last, ugly, socially-tolerated prejudices and, truly, it’s beneath the standards established in this esteemed blog. I’m sure that Bartolo is thick and tired of it, too. When he was a little boy, he could only play seek. His parents took him to visit the Grand Canyon . . . and he got stuck! When Bartolo gets on an elevator, it only goes down. I expect his season will be feast and famine. Mostly feast.
(This will not be easy as I thought.)
Although I would be thrilled if Colon matched his 2013 season, I can’t envision it. When you look at his career you have to go back ten years to find anything close to 2013. It’s unreasonable to expect anything like that. That 4.00 ERA with the Yankees feels like what we should be rooting for. If Colon can do that, he can help us win games.
I compared him to Orlando Hernandez, and that’s my hope for Bartolo. I don’t expect more than 150 innings, and I doubt he’s going to get into the 7th inning too often.
Agreed. My biggest concern about Colon is durability. Wheeler will certainly be on an innings leash; if Meija is our number five starter he will be as well. Yes, Colon threw 199 innings in 2013, but look at the totals for the six years prior to that.
When you look at those numbers, and combine them with Bartolo’s age, anything more than the 150 innings pitched you cited feels like wishful thinking. The bullpen could be burnt out by June.
Speaking of wishful shrinking, when Bartolo goes to a restaurant, they don’t give him a menu — they give him an estimate.
When Sandy signed him, he wasn’t a beep on my radar. He was a BEEEEEEEEEEEEP! on my radar.
Yes, I know we hoped for an innings eater, but all we got was . . .
Nope, I’m not going there.
It’s always difficult to bring this up, but I wondered if Colon’s ethnicity might be of some value, with young pitchers like Mejia and Montero in the wings. Ron Darling stated that he felt the Mets staff needed a veteran leader. I don’t know if Bartolo is that guy. In a related note, I was interested when, a while back, Theo Epstein stated that the Cubs were seeking a bilingual manager. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Hospitals are looking for doctors and nurses who can speak more than one language.
I do find value in a team having some solid veterans around. I don’t know if Colon is that guy (a PED past sure doesn’t impress me much), but for now I will keep an open mind.
Another fascinating thing about Bartolo will be to watch the way he pitches. From what I’ve read, he threw 85% fastballs last season, not at overpowering speeds, but he puts them exactly where he wants them.
And Citi Field plays very well to that approach. Challenge hitters and trust the ballpark will hold a lot of balls.
Overall, Colon promises to be an interesting Met to watch this year, with a boom or bust element to his profile. As a fan I’m hoping for the former, but as a realist I’m braced for the latter.
I’d hate to see Sandy’s second-costliest signing go to waist.
In the meantime, hide the wicker!
On a side note, it will be interesting to watch Bartolo hit and run the basepaths. If he hauls ass, he’ll have to take two trips. It might be a difficult transition for Bartolo, as if he doesn’t already have enough on his plate!
Stop me before I pun again.