The Atlanta Braves announced yesterday that they have designated Bartolo Colon for assignment. Bartolo went 2-8 with the Braves posting a horrendous 8.14 earned run average in 62.1 innings pitched.
I’m floating around the idea of bringing Bartolo back because the Mets bullpen and starting rotation is already thin. With Robert Gsellman the new man to hit the disabled list in the rotation, Bartolo could provide innings for the Mets. Maybe a change of scenery and a return home would help. However, some people might argue that the Mets should be giving Tyler Pill and Rafael Montero a chance.
With the rumors that the Mets might be shopping Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins, Colon could provide some innings out of the pen if they do get traded before the trading deadline.
In three seasons with the Mets, Big Sexy pitched in 587.5 innings while posting a 3.83 earn run average. At Citi Field with the Mets his earn run average is 3.54.
Colon is a fan favorite for the simple fact that he’s a big guy. Every night “Big Sexy” would either surprise us with a hit or his helmet would fall off his head after a terrible swing. Regardless of the at bat I would smile because it’s just entertaining to watch him compete at his age.
He would fit in just fine with the ball club again because it pretty much is the same club from 2016. Like prior years he has helped mentor the young pitchers into hitting their spots rather than relying on velocity, because at his age that’s his game.
However, here is the other side of the coin where people are saying “no way Barts career is over!” . In their argument colon is 44 years old and declining. His velocity is down across the board. His sinker averaged 87.8 last season, down to 87 mph this year. His 4 seamer was 90.3 mph in 2016, now he’s averaging 89.9 mph. His Slider was 82.1 mph, now 81.5 mph. His change up 81.3 mph and now 80.9 mph. And lastly his utter was 86.3 mph and now it’s 84.1 mph.
He also has a 2.9 BB/9 compared to the last two seasons when he led the league with 1.1 in 2015 and 1.5 in 2016. It’s his highest BB/9 since 2009.
I enjoyed Bartolos time with the Mets. It was sad to see him go. No he did not lead the league in ERA or strikeouts but he was a work horse that provided the Mets with pitching depth. He was the one guy in our rotation that never went on the disabled list in his 3 years here. I think the Mets should give him another shot. Bring Sexy Back!