Results for tag: Bartolo Colon
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 24, 2011 at 02:38:31 AM

A weird thing happened last night concerning Bartolo Colon.

It was not the fact that the reality might be setting in for someone who last pitched over 100 innings six years ago.

It was not that the Oakland Athletics bombed him because they didn’t, though the line of five runs and nine hits is never what anyone is hoping for.

It was the pitch selection of the evening that was bizarre. For most of the year, Colon thrived on the two-seam fastball as a pitch to compliment a four-seam fastball but last night that pitch rarely appeared.

Look up "Bartolo Colon, two-seam fastball" and here is first the result that appear:

1 – New York Times – 5/30 – Colon makes quick work of Athletics.

You might remember that game if you stayed up late because that was the night Colon

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 19, 2011 at 03:26:39 AM

It was sometime after midnight when Yankee fans watching last night's game could finally take a few breaths and exhale. That was after the Yankees won what seemed to be a war of baseball attrition by scoring three in the 15th for a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

We wish we could be as calm as Bartolo Colon pitching those eight innings (and you could have made the argument for Colon pitching the ninth even with Mariano Rivera). We wish we could be as calm as Hector Noesi making his major league debut by pitching four innings and surviving four walks and four hits. We wish we could be as calm as we know Rivera will be the next time he appears. We also wish we could be as calm as Chris Dickerson after making a great catch at the wall.

Of course this isn't the first time the Yankees have played

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 14, 2011 at 02:52:32 AM

When Bartolo Colon threw his first pitch sometime after seven last night, the wind was listed at nine miles per hour. When the Yankees spent part of their Friday evening unsuccessfully trying to hit Clay Buchholz the wind velocity seemed to increase, especially because in the words of catcher Jarrod Saltalammachia, nothing stayed straight.

Maybe the only things out of Buchholz's right arm that stayed straight were the three pitches that began the fifth inning when Jorge Posada lined a fastball into right, Russell Martin took a cutter over the wall and Brett Gardner lined a fastball up the middle.

Other than those three pitches, the majority of Buchholz's 110 pitches were electrifying.

Whether it was the two-seam fastball inside to right-handed hitters, the off-speed stuff or the cutter

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 28, 2011 at 02:17:25 AM

Bartolo Colon has made 327 regular-season starts since becoming a major leaguer with the 1997 Indians. On two previous occasions, I had seen him person (7/23/02 with the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium and 7/6/07 with the Angels at Yankee Stadium.

At those junctures of his career, Colon was at different points.

In 2002, he was the man traded for Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore and Brandon Phillips on a team trying to go for it as best they can, which was evident when he pitched a 134-pitch complete game five days earlier. Colon was not awful, but was not good that rainy night as he surrendered home runs to Mo Vaughn and Mike Piazza.

Five years later, Colon left Montreal via trade to the White Sox and then cashed in, joining Vladimir Guerrero with the Angels. He won 39 games and a CY Young in

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