Published by Keith Gendron
Tonite against the Washington Nationals at citifield, the 20 million dollar man, Bartolo Colon makes his first appearance as a Met. Sandy Alderson’s lone free agent starting pitcher signing, was acquired to fill the Matt Harvey void in the rotation. The soon to be 41 year old Colon was 18-6 with Oakland in 2013 and a 2.65 era. The biggest concern of mine along with age, is ability to stay healthy when he will have to run the bases during the season. He is listed at 5′-11″ and 285lbs. That weight may not have been updated in years and hopefully, his legs and stamina won’t suffer from the additional physical demands. Pitching in the National league also gives an opportunity to face easier lineups, including a typically weak 7 through 9 in the order. Hopefully this lends itself to a successful season for Colon and make him tradeable towards the trading deadline.
I thought the money used for Colon, would have better been used for a shortstop, such as Stephen Drew. I figured with Niese, Gee, Wheeler and Mejia, that they would reacquire Dice-K or another low risk veteran arm for the five spot. All temporarily until Syndergaard and Montero were promoted in July. Could use Drew in the field and at bat, dont ya’ think?.