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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

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 5, 2010 at 08:24:57 PM

At Yankee Stadium, any time a pitcher is ahead of an opposing hitter on a 0-2 count, portions of the crowd rise and clap their hands in unison.

It is as if the hand-clapping is imploring the pitcher to not screw around and just finish the hitter.  It is something that is easier said than done as evidenced by Phil Hughes giving up two home runs on those counts to Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill.

Through his first four months as a full-time starting pitcher, Hughes had 54 at-bats on 0-2 and 30 times they ended with strikeouts while only seven times resulted in hits.

Today, he had seven occasions of 0-2 and it did not go so well. 

Even before the Wells’ home run, there was a sign.  That was immediately before against Jose Bautista.  He got a foul and a swinging strike