Posts Tagged ‘Bartolo Colon’

Keys to the Game: Rays Vs. Yankees, September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011

Tonight the New York Yankees look to complete a four game sweep of Tampa Bay. The Rays desperately need a win to capitalize on the Red Sox recent dismal outings against Baltimore. Fortunately for the Rays, Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81 ERA) will take the hill for the Yankees tonight. Colon is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA against the Rays this season and he hasn’t won a game since July 30th. Check out the struggling Colon’s numbers over his last eight starts.

ER Allowed (Blue), Strikouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Rays will give their top pitching prospect, Matt Moore, his first Major League start. Hopefully for Moore and the Rays, the Yankee will still be hungover from their champagne fueled clubhouse celebration last evening for clinching the AL East.

The Yankees will rest AL RBI leader Curtis Granderson and a few September call-ups will start for the Yankees tonight. Compare the offense production this season of each side’s starting lineup this evening. The Rays are clearly fielding a more potent lineup.

RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

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Colon-Yanks Diamond in the Rough

September 10, 2011

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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Keys to the Game: Yankees Vs Royals, August 17, 2011

August 17, 2011

The Yankees go for a three game sweep tonight in Kansas City. Bartolo Colon will be on the hill for the Bombers, and he has consistently been the Yankees second best starter. The Yankees have won Colon’s last four starts and this season he is 8-6 overall with a 3.31 ERA.

Last 4 Starts: ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

The Royals counter with Bruce Chen, Kansas City’s best pitcher the past two season.  He is 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 2011.  Compare tonight’s starters.

Wins (Blue), Losses (Orange) & ERs Allowed (Green)

The key for this game will be if Chen keeps his pitches down in the zone against the high flying Yankee offense.  If he does, and Colon makes a mistake or two, the Yankees will have a tough time bringing out the old broom.

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