Colon-Yanks Diamond in the Rough


Bartolo Colon of the New York Yankees was hired as an afterthought, a part of the Yanks’ “Plan B” when Cliff Lee did the unthinkable last off-season and signed with the Phillies. Colon was once one of the best starting pitchers in baseball before age and injury took their toll, and after last season everyone but New York determined that he was finished.

At 38 years old, and coming off a controversial stem cell treatment in the Dominican Republic, the Yanks took a chance. Colon has been a gem for the Yanks all season, a true diamond in the rough. Last night he tossed seven innings without giving up an earned run against the playoff caliber Angles.   Although he is 8-9 this year, his era is 3.55 in 152 innings and he has been a reliable number 2 or 3 starter for the Yankees. Check out his 2011 numbers here:

Wins (Blue), Innings Pitched (Orange) & Hits (Green)

So the question moving forward is how much does Colon have left?  The Yankees wanted to skip a start or two of his to keep him fresh the post-season, but inclement weather in the last two weeks has prevented that.  Right now Colon projects as the second starter in the playoff rotation.  He is also a strong candidate for comeback player of the year.

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