May 25, 2017

Remembering Mets History (2005): Jose Reyes Hites Seven Triples Over Ten Day Span

Monday May 16th- Thursday, May 26th 2005: The 2005 Mets were up & coming. Things were looking good after signing free agents Pedro Martinez & Carlos Beltran. A Young Jose Reyes in his third season was playing in his first season and exciting everyone with his electric style of play. His number one dynamic was his speed.

During this ten day stretch Reyes would hit seven triples, collect fifteen hits & drive in nine runs while scoring seven.

On May 16th, 2005 Reyes started off the game with a triple & scored on Carlos Beltran's sac fly. The Mets went on to beat the Cincinnati Red 9-2. After going hitless the next night, he hit two more triples helping the Mets complete a sweep of the Reds at Shea Stadium. Reyes would triple in the 3rd inning & score on an error. In the 8th he tripled again & scored on a Miguel Cairo sac fly, as the Mets went on to 1 10-6 win.

In that years subway series at She Stadium, Reyes had a three hit day, driving in four runs in the Mets Saturday 7-1 win, including another triple, this one off Buddy Groom. The Mets went on to their next series against another rival, the Atlanta Braves. Reyes would triple again during the Braves sweep of the Mets.

On May 26th, 2005 Reyes had another big night, this time hitting a pair of triples driving in two runs in South Florida, as the Mets went on to a 12-4 win behind Kris Benson who went to 3-1 on the season.
Reyes drove in Benson in the 2nd inning & then Eric Valent in the 7th inning.

Reyes would go on to lead the league in triples for the first time of two consecutive seasons. He would lead the NL in triples four times in his career. He also went on to win the first of three straight stolen base titles.

He also led the league in at bats for the first of two times & plate appearances, the first of three times. He was considered for the MVP Award, although coming in at #30. The next year he would make the first of four All Star appearances.

Remembering Mets History: (1969) Ron Swoboda Helps Mets Sweep A Wrigley Field Twin Bill

Sunday May 4th 1969: In Chicago in May of 1969, Manager Leo Durocher, his Cubs & their fans were already talking World Series. They were fielding their best team since the turn of the century riding high in first place.

The New York Mets came to an over flowing Wrigley Field crowd of over 40,000 for a Sunday afternoon double header.

In the first game  of the twin bill, Tom Seaver (2-2) pitched a complete game, allowing  just two runs on nine hits, striking out seven Cubs, lowering his ERA to 2.28. 

The losing pitcher was the Cubs, New Jersey born pitcher; Bill Hands. Hands gave up three runs on six hits, in his five innings pitched. 

Starting Lineups

In the 4th inning, Ed Kranepool hit his third HR of the year, tying the game at one. The top of the 5th was classic Mets Gil Hoges small ball. Tom Seaver walked & Rod Gaspar singled. Then Ken Boswell singled to bring home Seaver making it 2-1 Mets.

Next the hero of the day, Ron Swoboda hit a sac fly bringing in Gaspar in what turned out to be the winning run.

In the nightcap, the Mets Tug McGraw  got the start against Dick Selma. McGraw was still a young pitcher & had not turned into the star reliever he would become known for.

Starting Lineups

In the 1st inning, the Mets scored two quick runs. Rod Gaspar drew a lead off walk & Ken Boswell  brought him home on a base hit. Cleon Jones who was batting .400 at the time, drove Boswell home with his base hit.

But the pesky Cubs came right back with two in the bottom of the 1st inning, with RBI base hits from future Hall of Famers; Billy Williams & Ron Santo tying the game at 2-2.

The Mets were starting to become "The Amazing Mets" at this point, but had not proven anything yet, today they started sending the '69 Cubs a message. 

Tug McGraw, would go on to finish the game not allowing another run the rest of the way; striking out eight Cubs along the way. With this win, he would best his record to 3-0 on the season.

In the 7th inning, Ron Swoboda walked & reached second base on a Al Weis single. Then Cubs pitcher Dick Selma threw a wild pitch. Cubs catcher; Randy Hundley (Met Todd Hundley's father) went chasing it. Ron Swoboda, who was never known for his speed, rounded third & scored all the way from second base. That run was the difference in the game, as Swoboda was the hero again. 

The Mets gained two games in the standings and were now six games behind Chicago approaching the .500 mark.

May 24, 2017

Remembering Mets History: (1984) Doc Gooden Strike Out 14 Dodgers

Friday Night May 25th 1984: Davey Johnson's third place Mets (21-18) hosted Tommy Lasorda's first place Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22). A good crowd of 27, 340 came out to Shea Stadium to watch the Mets new young, 19 year old pitcher; Dwight Gooden, whom everyone was starting to talk about.

This youngster not only had one of the games best blazing fastballs, but a curve so good, Mets Broadcaster; Ralph Kiner named it- "Lord Charles".

At this point Gooden had a 3-3 record with a 4.15 ERA in eight career starts. He had struck out 59 batters in 43 innings pitched & already had three games where he struck out ten or more batters.

Looking back you could say it was tonight that Gooden came into the spotlight for good, Doctor K established himself in the National League. He would allow just one run & three hits to the mighty Dodgers while striking out a career high up that point 14 batters. In September Gooden would have back to back 16 strike out games. The "K Korner" in the upper deck was now on the Shea Stadium map in history as well.

Starting Lineups

Gooden began the game striking out Pedro Guerrero & Franklin Stubbs to end the 1st inning. He struck out Terry Whitfield in the second, then struck out two more batters in both the 3rd & 4th innings.

In the  6th he began the inning striking out Steve Sax & ended it with a another K on Franklin Stubbs.

In the 7th he got Mike Scioscia & Terry Whitfield to go down on strikes for the first two outs. He added another strike out in the 8th & began the 9th inning with a 2-0 lead.

The Mets offense was provided by George Foster who hit a solo HR & Keith Hernandez who drove in Mookie Wilson with a base hit. He surrendered a lead off HR to Guerrero & Davey Johnson rushed out to remove Gooden. He left the field with a standing ovation. Jesse Orosco came on for the save.

Trivia: Gooden would win the 1984 Rookie of the Year Award, leading the league in strikeouts (289) strike outs per nine innings (11.4) & WHIP (1.073). He would go 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA.

Remembering Mets History: (1976) Dave Kingmans Big Start In May

Tuesday May 4th 1976: At this early point in the 1976 season, the Mets managed by Joe Frazier were 15-8 and in first place in the NL East. A Shea Stadium crowd of 18,528 fans came out to see the Mets host the reigning World Champions, the Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds, managed by Sparky Anderson. 

Both clubs starting pitchers were off to good starts, The Mets Tom Seaver & the Reds Fred Norman were both 3-0 up to this point.

Fred Norman lost his control in the 2nd inning, issuing four walks which led to two Mets runs. The Reds got a run back in the 3rd, as Seaver himself walked two & Pete Rose singled in Cesar Geronimo. 

In the home 3rd inning, Joe Torre led off with a single. Then Dave Kingman hit a two run HR, putting the Mets ahead for good on the day. 

This started off a very hot productive streak for Mr. Kingman also known by the names "SkyKing" & "Kong". It was already Kingman's tenth HR of the season, the most in the league. The Mets got another run in the game on an Ed Kranepool RBI hit, capping off the 5-3 win. Seaver bested to 4-0 on the year as the first place Mets were rolling along nicely.

Friday May 7th 1976:  Tonight the first place Mets hosted John McNamara's third place San Diego Padres, as the National League's two best pitchers of 1976 faced off against each other. The Mets Jerry Koosman went up against the Padres, Randy Jones, who would narrowly beat out Koos for that years Cy Young Award.

1976 had some good highlights for the Mets: Jerry Koosman would win twenty games & slugger Dave Kingman would set a Mets club record with 37 HRs, second most in the NL. It would be Tom Seaver's last full season before trade in 1977. Sadly it was to be the clubs last winning season until 1984.

In the May 7th, Friday night game, it was Dave Kingman  he was to be the star. In the 1st inning he wasted no time, as he blasted a two run HR off Jones, scoring Joe Torre with the first two runs of the game. In the 4th, Koosman helped out his own cause with an RBI single to go up 3-2. The Padres managed two runs off Koosman, & the score was 3-2 into the 8th inning.

Then Padre relief pitcher; Mike Dupree, allowed a lead off double to Felix Millan & a single to Joe Torre. Kingman then followed with a three run blast to left center field, putting the Mets ahead 5-4. It was his eleventh HR of the young season. It turned out to be the game winner, as Koosman went the distance for the victory. He allowed two runs on six hits with seven strike outs to go to 3-1.

Wednesday May 12th 1976: Five days later the Mets were on the road to play the Braves in Atlanta. The Mets were still in first place at 19-11 & Dave Bristols Braves, were in fifth place at 9-19. 

The Braves pitcher, Andy Messersmith, who was one of the games top pitchers in the early to mid seventies, and had also became one of the first free agents, who had signed with Atlanta but was struggling at 0-4. The Mets once again had Jerry Koosman on the mound. 

In the top of the 1st, Kingman started it off with a solo HR. In the Mets 4th, Joe Torre & Ron Hodges got aboard & a Roy Staiger single made it 3-0. Mike Phillips added an RBI hit & Del Unser a sac Fly to make it 4-0 Mets.

In the 5th it was Kingman again, hitting his league leading 14th HR of the season, also hit off Messersmith. Kong also added an RBI double in the 7th inning making it 6-0 Mets.

Kingman had a big four hit evening & drove in three runs, already giving him 33 RBIs for the season. Up to that point in Mets history, the team had never had a slugger like Kingman, putting up such big HR numbers.

The Mets would win the game 6-3, as Koosman earned his fourth win (4-1) & Skip Lockwood earned the save, his fifth.

In the first 12 days of May 1976, in a span of ten games, Dave Kingman had five HRs with 13 RBIs while collecting 13 hits.

2013 National League Stolen Base Leader: Eric Young Jr. (2013-2015)

Eric Orlando Young was born on May 25th 1985 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Young is the son of former MLB player Eric Young Sr. who was just 18 at the time of his sons birth. Young & his girlfriend never married, but he kept close contact with his son spending summers with him & teaching him baseball.

Eric  Young Jr. attended Piscataway High School in Jersey & then moved on to Community College in Arizona. The speedy five foot ten switch hitter was signed by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2003 amateur draft.  
In 2006 he swiped 87 bases at A ball Asheville, the most of all minor leaguers, while batting .295. He was also caught stealing more than any other player as well. 

He followed up batting .291 with 73 steals in 2007 at A ball Modesto. He led the California League in triples, sacrifice hits (12), steals, times caught stealing and errors at second base (25). He made the All-Star team at second, as Baseball America rated him the #14 prospect in the California League.

Young remained consistent when promoted to AA Tulsa in 2008, batting .290 with 46 stolen bases.

In 2009 he made it to the big leagues, debuting with the Rockies on August 25th. He got a hit in that game a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. At the time the Rockies were just two games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Although he did show his speed, stealing four of four bases, he didn't show much power. On September 8th he hit his only HR of the year off the Reds Pedro Viola in a 3-1 Rockies victory.

In 2010 he began the year at Colorado, but was sent back down from mid May until mid August. That year he stole 17 bases getting caught six times, while batting .244 in 51 games. In 2011 he played in 77 games batting .247 while leading the Rockies, stealing 27 bases & posting a 87% stolen base percentage (5th best in the league).

In 2012 he had his best season playing in a career high 98 games, with 55 hits in 174 at bats, for a .316 batting average. On August 8th, he led off a game against the Dodgers by hitting an inside-the-park homer against Chad Billingsley. On the year he hit four HRs with two triples 15 RBIs & a .316 on base %.

In 2013 he batted .242 with 9 doubles & three triples in 57 games at Colorado, but with Michael Cuddyer, Dexter Fowler & Carlos Gonzalez all doing better, there was no room for Young. On June 12th he was designated for assignment & a week later got traded to the New York Mets for Collin McHugh. His roster spot was opened up as Collin Cowgill, who began the year as the Mets main centerfielder was sent back down for a second time.

Young debuted with the Mets on June 19th, batting leadoff & playing centerfield during a 5-3 loss to Atlanta. He got one hit that day, & went hitless in the Mets 4-3 win the next day. As the Mets went to Philadelphia, Young impressed with a big series.

On Friday June 21st, he doubled in the 4th inning scoring on David Wright's base hit. In the 5th he singled to centerfield off Cole Hamels bringing in two Mets runs & tying up the game. The Mets went on to a 4-3 win. In a heartbreaking 8-7 walk off loss on Saturday, after the Mets had come back from being down 7-1, Young had two more hits with two more RBIs.

On Sunday June 23rd, as Matt Harvey won his seventh game beating the Philadelphia Phillies, Young led off the game with a base hit & scored on Marlon Byrd's sac fly. In his next at bat he hit a single, then in the 5th he doubled to left field scoring Harvey after his RBI double, putting the Mets up 4-0. He would cross the plate on David Wright's double making it 5-0 as the Mets went on to a 8-0 victory.

Young is an exciting player to watch. He is a great addition to a team with no speed & no true lead off hitter, since Jose Reyes left town. Young not only specializes in base stealing but bunt base hits as well. 

Young hit safely in 19 of his first 25 Mets games. In July the speedster stole bases in five straight games, with 13 overall in the month. 

On August 2nd, Young won the game with a walk off HR in the bottom of the 11th inning off the Royals Luis Mendoza. It was only his second HR of the year. 

In the last two weeks of August he had three games where stole two bases & swiped ten in that span. He also had four games where he scored two runs or more. In September he stole 13 more bases which gave him enough to lead the NL on the year.

If Young can improve his hitting as well as his on base %, he is a threat to steal a lot of bases & score many runs. Terry Collins said he has the potential to score 120 runs.

In 2013 he hit .251 with New York & stole 38 bases in 91 games, batting a total .249 on the year, with a league leading 46 bases. On the year he had 134 hits with 27 doubles 7 triples (7th in the NL), two HRs, 32 RBIs, 10 sac hits (8th in the NL) & 70 runs scored.  

In the outfield he was very good as well, making seven assists (4th in the NL) posting a .989 fielding %.

In the off season the Mets signed Curtis Granderson & Chris Young. Along with Juan Lagures it made for a crowded outfield. 

Young was the Mets regular left fielder & lead off man to start out the 2014 season. He didn't get his first hit until his fourth game but when he did start getting on base he stole bases. 

On April 10th, he had three hist in Atlanta, with a triple, three stolen bases & four runs scored in the 6-4 Met . This came during a stretch where Young scored runs in 10 of 12 games. By the end of April he was already leading the league in stolen bases. Unfortunately he struck out in every game through April 21st (18). 

After Juan Lagares & Chris Young came off the DL, Eric Young saw a bit less playing time, mostly due to the fact he was batting just .218 though May 11th. But Chris Young fell into a slump & the way Eric Young made things happen when he did get on base, couldn't be ignored. He came back with back to back three hit games & hit his first HR in the Mets 9-7 subway series win over the A.L. club. In that game he had three hits, a HR, drove in two runs, scored two runs & stole a base.

On June 18th in St. Louis, Young doubled with Bartolo Colon on second base after his own double. Colon ran the bases & scored much to the comic delight of his team mates & the fans alike. Young drove in two runs helping Colon win the game 3-2 over the Cards.

On June 28th he stole three bases in a 5-3 over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. On July 13th he stole two more bases in a -1 win over the Miami Marlins. In the next two months he saw ample playing time, stole just four bases & did not hit much. 
Eric Young Sr. & Jr.
Young Jr. ended the year stealing 30 bases (6th in the NL) batting .229 with 48 runs scored, ten doubles, five triples, one HR & 17 RBIs. His six assists as a left fielder were second best in that position. In the off season he signed on with the Atlanta Braves.

After spending 35 games with the Braves he returned to the Mets in September for the pennant run. Young added some speed to the Mets lineup as well as some out field depth & pinch hitting. He would get just one start in September, get hit by a pitch & score a run.

On September 14th he came in to pinch run for Wilmer Flores in the 7th inning of a 3-3 tie with the Miami Marlins. Young stole second base & scored the games inning run on David Wrights base hit. Young is a good ballplayer who can make a difference on the base paths.

In 18 games he went 0-8 with 2015 Mets. He did not make the post season roster.

In 2016 he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers & then was purchased by the A.L. New York team where he played in just six games. In 2017 he signed a deal with the L.A. Angels.

In his career he has played in 563 games batted .246 with 145 stolen bases, 8 HRs 58 doubles 20 triples 88 RBIs 2& 37 runs scored & with a .314 on base %.

May 23, 2017

2015 NL Champion Mets Pitcher: "Big Sexy" Bartolo Colon (2014-2016)

Bartolo Colon was born May 24th, 1973 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. While growing up poor, he eventually became a star pitcher at his high school. 

In 1993 he got signed as an amateur free agent by the Cleveland Indians.

He began his minor league career at Burlington in the Rookie league in 1994, the next year he would go 13-3 with a 1.96 ERA at A ball Kinston. Two years later, Colon made his MLB debut in the third game of the 1997 season for the soon to be AL Champion Indians.

He allowed four runs in five innings at Anaheim getting no decision. He would be 0-2 through early June as he got his first career win, coming in Detroit against the Tigers. He would spend some more time at AAA Buffalo where he went 7-1, where he even threw a no hitter, before returning to Cleveland. He ended up 4-7 and did not appear in the post season.

In 1998 Colon would post 14 wins, second to Charles Nagy & Dave Burba (15) on a powerful Cleveland team. He set a strange record that year when he threw twenty pitches to Ricky Gutierrez, who would eventually strike out. That season Colon made the first of his three All Star appearances.

Post Season: He closed out the ALDS with a win over the Boston Red Sox, in a tight 2-1 Game #4 at Fenway Park. He pitched into the 6th inning, out pitching former Met Pete Schourek. He then pitched a complete game win over the AL New York club in Game #3 of the ALCS, allowing one run on four hits.

In 1999 Colon won 18 games (second in the AL) posting a 3.95 ERA striking out 161 batters, while pitching over 200 innings for the second straight year. He would pitch in two games of the ALDS loss against the Boston Red Sox going 1-1. In Game #1 he pitched into the 8th inning, striking out 11 batters & allowing two runs while getting the 3-2 win.

Colon would spend two more full seasons in Cleveland winning 14 or more games in both those years, while pitching over 200 innings & striking out over 200 batters as well. In 2000 his 212 Ks were second most in the AL. That year on September 18th, he pitched a one hit, 13 strike out shut out in New York over the AL New York club. 

In 2001 he struck out 201 batters (5th in the AL) but he gave up a lot of walks (90) HRs (26) & lost 12 games (8th most in the AL) while posting one of the highest ERA's of his career (4.09).

Post Season: His Indians got to another ALDS in 2001, where he pitched eight shutout innings in the Series Opener, taking a win in Seattle over Freddy Garcia. Overall the Indians lost the series in five games to the Seattle Mariners.

In 2002 Colon was 10-4 with an ERA under three for Cleveland when on the trade deadline he was traded to the contending Montreal Expos. The Indians who would finish under .500 that year, received Grady Sizemore & Cliff Lee in the deal. 

In Montreal, Colon went 10-4 as the Expos finished in second place under manager Frank Robinson. Overall Colon was a twenty game winner on the season going a combined 20-8, with a 2.93 ERA , eight complete games, 149 strike outs in 233 innings pitched.

Just before the 2003 season, Colon was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Orlando Hernandez, Rocky Biddle & Jeff Liefer as well as cash. That year the White Sox finished second under Jerry Manuel, as Colon led the league in complete games (9) & went 15-13, second on the staff in wins after Esteban Loazia's 21. After that season, Colon signed a big contract with the Anaheim Angels.

In 2005 he had his best season, making the All Star team, winning the AL Cy Young Award, leading the league in wins (21) going 21-8 with a .724 winning %. Colon was the first Angels pitcher to win a Cy Young since Dean Chance did it in 1964. 

He struck out 157 batters (8th in the league) pitching 222 innings (7th in the league) posting a 3.48 ERA (8th in the league).

Post Season: The Angels won their Division & beat the AL New York club in the ALDS, but lost to the Chicago White Sox in the ALCS. 

In Game #5 of the ALDS he partially tore his rotator cuff & spent most of 2006 on the DL, making just ten starts.

In 2007 he was still battling injuries going 6-8 with a career high 6.34 ERA in 19 games.

In 2008 he signed with the Boston Red Sox, and in May pitched a one hitter at AAA Pawtucket. He would won his 150th career game that June, but only pitched seven games for the Red Sox going 4-2. 

In September he went to the Dominican Republic to handle personal matters & decided to stay. He was placed on the restricted list & remained there as the Sox played the post season, losing to Tampa in the ALCS.

In 2009 the White Sox gave him another chance, he went to 3-6 for Ozzie Guillen's third place Sox, but more injuries shut him down in late June, ending his season. In 2010 he did not pitch at all due to ongoing shoulder & elbow pain, as well as damage to the rotator cuff, ligaments & tendons. 

That March he received a transplant of stem cells to repair tissue in the right shoulder. MLB studied the controversial surgery, but no foul play was found or any use of human growth hormones.

Colon announced a comeback & got a one year deal with the AL New York club. He made the team out of Spring Training & went 8-10 on the season with a 4.00 ERA.

In 2012 he signed a one year deal with the Oakland Athletics. He debuted for Oakland in the second game of the season, played at Japan. There he pitched eight innings against the Seattle Mariners, allowing one run on three hits with six strike outs. Colon went 6-8 into mid July before winning four of his next five starts.

On August 22nd, 2012 he tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a performance enhancing substance in violation of MLB's Drug programs. Colon apologized to fans: "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the Joint Drug Program." This came less than two weeks after Melkey Cabrera was also suspended. 

The Athletics went on to surprise everyone by winning their division & getting to the ALDS where they lost to the Detroit Tigers.

In 2013, The Athletics gave Colon another one year deal and he turned out to be a good signing for GM Billy Beane. In April Colon was 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA & twenty strike outs. After losing two straight decisions in early May, he went on a personal eight game winning streak.

On May 31st he tossed a complete game five hit shutout over the Chicago White Sox, for his third straight win. In four starts from May 26th through June 11th, he allowed just one earned run in 29 innings pitched while going 4-0 & lowering his ERA to 2.92. He was named the AL Pitcher of the month & made the 2013 All Star Team, but did not pitch in the game played at Citi Field.

At the break he was an incredible 12-4 and went on to go 6-2 down the stretch, with four straight wins in September. The Athletics won another AL Western title, as Colon was 18-6,with the third best win-loss % in the AL. Colon led the league with three shut outs & was third with three complete games.

He posted the league's second best ERA at 2.65, striking out 117 batters, walking just 29 in 190 innings pitched. Colon had the second best base on balls per nine inning average in the AL (1.37) & he allowed 0.662 HRs per nine innings (6th best in the AL).

Post Season: In the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers, Colon got the start in Game #1 against Max Scherzer. Colon allowed ten hits & three runs in the 3-2 loss.

In December of 2013, The New York Mets gave the forty year old Colon a big $20 million two year deal.

Colon debuted in the Mets second game of the season, the first Citi Field night game. He had a rough outing allowing nine hits, three runs & two HRs taking the loss. His next outing was much better, pitching seven shut out innings in Atlanta, allowing six hits with five Ks in a combined 4-0 Mets win.

On April 12th, on an early West Coast trip to Anaheim, Colon had a nightmare night, nine runs on eleven hits in five innings in a 14-2 debacle to the Angels. 

On April 14th, the Mets were leading the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in the 3rd inning with two on & one out with Freddie Freeman at bat. 

Colon got Freeman to hit a ground ball down third base near the line, but after Colon fielded it he threw wildly to first base, allowing two runs to score. With the exception of those two runs, it wasn't all that bad an outing. 

He gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings, taking the loss in the 7-5 Braves win. In his first four starts the Mets offense has only given him one run of support in each game.

On April 24th he pitched a fine game, beating the St. Louis Cards 4-1. In seven innings of work, Colon allowed the one run on just four hits with a season high eight strike outs. His next start in Colorado was a disaster, seven runs on ten hits in six innings raising his ERA to 5.65. On May 6th he took another loss in Miami in the midst of a Mets six game losing streak. 

On May 12th, he earned a win in the subway series game in the Bronx, the Mets helped him out by scoring by scoring nine runs, Colon gave up seven runs on eleven hits through 5.2 innings. His next start was better as he pitched eight innings, allowing just two runs in a 5-2 win at Washington.  

On May 28th he was even better, as he had possibly had his best start of the year. He shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates going into the 8th inning, allowing just five hits with a season high nine strike outs.

That win continued in stretch of six straight victories for Colon. From June 13th through the 24th he pitched into the 8th inning three times, allowing just four earned runs in 23.1 innings, allowing just two walks, while earning wins against the San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals & Oakland A's. On June 18th he collected his first hit in nine years when he hit a double off Lance Lynn of the St. Louis Cardinals.

After two straight losses in July, Colon beat the Mariners in Seattle allowing just two runs & three hits over 7.1 innings. On July 28th, at Citi Field he once again went into the 8th inning, although he allowed ten hits he gave up just one run in a 7-1 victory over the Phillies.

On August 8th, Colon had yet another eight inning one run performance, striking out six Phillies in Philadelphia for his eleventh win of the year. This was also his milestone 200th victory of his career. He is just the third Dominican pitcher to reach 200 wins (Juan Marichal & Pedro Martinez also did it). He is also the third pitcher to win his 200th game in a Mets uniform, joining Pedro Martinez & Orel Hershiser.

Win number 12 of the season came at Dodger Stadium, in an 11-3 Mets win. Colon started out September with a seven inning two run performance in Cincinnati, beating the Reds in another productive Mets offensive performance 14-5. 

After a loss to the Nationals, Colon pitched 7.2 innings at Citi Field. He did allow 12 hits but only one run as he went on to his 14th win.

On September 28th, Colon pitched his last game of the year, it was a three run, six inning outing against the Houston Astros. It was good enough to earn him his 15th win of the year, maybe even more than the Mets had expected when they signed him at the start of the season.

For 2014 Colon went 15-13 (8th in the league in wins) with a 4.09 ERA. He struck out 151 batters while walking just 30 in 202 innings pitched. His strike out to walk ratio was 5th best in the league. The Mets had signed Colon in hope he would eat up innings, just as he did. Colon had not surpassed the 200 innings mark in nine years.

Colon also gave up 218 hits (2nd most in the NL) 22 HRs (10th in the league) & 92 earned runs (7th most in the NL).

All in all he became a hero for slightly over weight, over forty fans & athletes to believe in. The fans loved to watch him swing the bat, especially when his helmet fell off. And loved it even more when he ran the bases. Even his team mates got a laugh as they would fan him down to cool him off from the dug out.

There was some slight trade talk about Colon in the off season but nothing came of it. He was slated to be the Opening Day starter for 2015, the veteran in a young pitching staff. Colon earned the right for the Opening Day nod with his 15 wins. It was also a chance for the Mets to have Jacob deGrom start the home Opener & to add some rest for Matt Harvey in the three slot.

Colon started out 2015 excellent. On Opening Day in Washington, Colon gave the Mets six solid innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven. 

On April 12th in Atlanta his next outing, Colon went seven innings, giving up three runs earning the 4-3 win over the Braves. In the Mets 4th inning, Wilmer Flores doubled & with one out Colon singled, driving him in with his first RBI. 

On April 17th, he had another strong performance, in seven innings of work he allowed one run on six hits, striking out five. In the bottom of the 5th, Colon added a sac fly to tie the game up. Colon now had two RBIs in his last two games & he became even more popular with Mets fans.

On April 23rd, in a game centerfieldmaz attended, Colon helped the Mets tie a franchise record by recording the clubs 11th straight win. It wasn't pretty as he gave up three runs on seven hits but he did benefit from six Mets runs, in a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. 

This got Colon to 4-0, something no one saw coming. He is the first pitcher in the past 80 years to start out at 4-0 aged forty or older.
On April 29th he earned his first loss of the season.

On May 5th at Citi Field in a game against the Baltimore Orioles, he rebounded well enough to pitch into the 8th inning, allow one run, strike out a season high nine batters, and walk no one. Colon earned his 5th win in the 5-1 Mets victory.

On Mothers Day in Philadelphia, Colon became the majors first six game winner (6-1), as he  beat the Phillies in another outing where he did not allow a walk. Colon extended his streak back to the first game of the season & had not allowed a walk in 40 1/3 innings.

Colon suffered two straight losses including a nine run, eleven hit debacle against the Cardinals on May 20th. The Mets lost that one 9-0. He rebounded beating the Philadelphia Phillies & Miami Marlins in back to back outings at Citi Field.

He went into June at 8-3 but then went into a terrible six game losing streak as he went O for July. Not all those outings were that bad, but he did allow six or more runs three times & saw his ERA got just under five.

On July 1st, he shut out the Chicago Cubs for seven innings at Citi but Jon Lester also shut out the Mets for seven &  got help from his bullpen in the 2-0 win. He took another tough loss in Los Angeles as Clayton Kershaw shut out the Mets 3-0. Colon pitched 8 innings giving up just one run.

On July 29th he had his worst outing getting knocked out of the game in the 3rd inning, after giving up six runs on ten hits.

On August 3rd in Miami he threw 8 innings of one run ball, as the Mets beat up on the fish 12-1 as Colon got to .500 at 10-10. He then had two no decision, in one he allowed just one run in five innings & the other seven runs in 3.2 innings at Philadelphia.

2015 was an up & down year for Bartolo Colon, he began the year at 4-0 and got as good as 6-1 with a 3.30 ERA by mid May. By mid June he was at 9-4 until he hit a snag and lost his next six decisions.

As August began he finally earned a win in Miami, allowing just one run in seven innings. His next starts were up & down as he was 10-11 with an ERA near five by late August, then the ageless wonder went on a record setting roll.

August 26th: On this night Bartolo Colon took the mound for the first place Mets (70-56) in Philadelphia, against Pete Mackanin's last place Phillies (50-77).

The Mets gave Colon a quick 3-0 lead as they jumped on starter Jerad Eickhoff in the 1st inning.

Curtis Granderson reached on an error, Yoenis Cespedes then reached on an infield single. As Daniel Murphy grounded out, Grandy scored making 1-0. Michael Cuddyer doubled down the left field line scoring Cespedes & Cuddyer would score on a Micahel Conforto base hit.

On the mound Colom shut out the Phillies for seven innings, allowing just five hits & two walks. He struck out eight and went on to earn the win putting him at .500 (11-11) on the year. It was the first time since his July 1st start that he did not allow a run.

The Mets went on to win it 9-4, Cuddyer added a solo HR in the 8th inning & Murph drove in his second run of the game. Yoenis Cespedes tripled home a run, Conforto & Juan Uribe added RBI hits as well. At the plate Colon went 0-3.

August 29th: In a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Manager Terry Collins used Colon in a rare relief appearance to help a depleted bullpen. The ageless wonder Colon, came on & pitched a scoreless, 9th inning striking out two.

August 31st: The Philadelphia Phillies came to New York as the Mets were riding a 5 1/2 game first place lead over the Washington Nationals.

Colon went up against Jerad Eickhoff once again. This time Colon pitched eight shut out innings, allowing just four hits & one walk. He struck out nine to match his season high, earning his 12th win (12-11). His scoreless innings streak was now up to 16.

In the 5th inning he even got a base hit & scored on Curtis Granderson's  23rd HR of the year. Michael Conforto added a solo shot to contribute to the Mets 3-1 win.
That week Bartolo Colon won the NL Player of the Week Award.

September 5th: The first place Mets, now 15 games over .500 (75-60) visited South Florida for a matchup between Dan Jennings' third place Miami Marlins (56-80).

Colon may have had his best outing to date for the year as he pitched a complete game shut out, without walking any one. He gave up nine hits & struck out just two. The win was easy as the Mets gave him seven runs to play with.

Colon now leading the Mets staff with 13 wins, became the first Mets pitcher to throw a complete game in the 2015 season. He also became the oldest Mets pitcher to throw a shut out at age 42. Colon gave the bullpen a much needed rest and extended his scoreless streak to 25 innings.

With his glove he made one of the most outstanding plays of the year as he fielded a slow grounder along the first base line, he then tossed the ball behind his back right on target to first baseman Daniel Murphy's glove for the amazing out. Everyone had a smile on their face as he entered the dugout being congratulated by his team mates.

The Mets hit three HRs that night, a three run shot from Travis d'Arnaud, a two run shot from Juan Lagares & a solo shot from Wilmer Flores.

September 10th: The first place Mets (79-61) were fresh off a sweep of the second place Nationals in D.C. The Met lead was now seven games & a magic number was set at 17 to clinch the Division.

Colon took the mound trying to extend his streak in Atlanta against the struggling Braves (56-85) Freddi Gonzalez's Braves trailed the Mets by 22 1/2 games in the standings.

Colon came on and threw six more scoreless innings, not giving up a run until a Jace Peterson triple scored Nick Swisher to end the streak at 31 innings. Colon fell just shy of the Mets franchise record of 32 2/3 scoreless innings set by R.A. Dickey. 

When Colon  reached the 28 inning mark, he made history passing Cy Young & Warren Spahn as pitchers 42 years of age or older to not allow a run in that many innings.

The Mets rolled along to a 7-2 win, as Colon bested his record to 14-11 with a 4.13 ERA, 129 strike outs & just 22 walks in 176 innings pitched (29 starts). Colon has the best walks per nine innings ratio in the NL.

The Mets starting the scoring in the 4th on a Kevin Plawecki double that brought in two runs. And then yes, the man himself; Bartolo Colon added his own RBI base to make it 3-0 Mets.

For Colon it was his 8th hit of the year & his fourth RBI, both career highs. He raised his batting average to .148 on the season as well.

Plawecki added another RBI later on, and Juan Uribe had a big three hit three RBI night to contribute.

Colon would get three more starts allowing three runs in each game, pitching five or more innings in each outing as well. He took two more losses with a no decision & made a relief appearance in the Mets 1-0 win, in the final game of the regular season coming against the Washington Nats.

Colon finished the year at 14-13, tied with Jacob deGrom for most wins on the Mets staff. His 14 wins were also 7th most wins in the NL. He  posted a 4.16 ERA, struck out 136 batters while walking just 24 in 194 innings of work (most innings pitched on the Met staff). His 1.110 walks per nine innings was the best in the league & his strike outs per walk ratio of 5.667 fourth best. He also allowed the most hits in the league (217) & 25 HRs in 33 games (31 starts which was most on the Met staff)

2016 Post Season: In 2016 Colon got to his fifth post season, this time with the  New York Mets. This was his first World Series appearance.

 Colon saw action in three games of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching four innings all in relief. He gave up two run on two hits while striking out three.

NLCS: In the Mets NLCS Game #4 at Wrigley Field, he pitched 1.1 innings & earned the victory, helping the Mets to the 8-3 game winner to complete the series sweep that got them the World Series.

2016 World Series: In the World Series Game #1 he took the 14th inning loss, after pitching three innings of relief. Eric Hosmer's sac fly scored Ben Zobrist with the walk off game winner. He also saw some relief work in Games #4 & Game #5.

On December 17th he signed a one year $7 million deal to stay with the New York Mets.

2016 Season: Colon saw action in relief on Opening Day 2016, pitching a scoreless 6th & partial 7th inning in the 4-3 Met loss at Kansas City. In April 9th he got his first start of 2016 taking a loss at home against the lowly Phillies. That night he gave up five runs in six innings.

On April 15th he returned to Cleveland where his career began, in an inter league game against the Indians. He went into the 6th inning giving up two runs, earning the win in a 6-5 Mets win, his first of the year. Two no decisions followed but on May 2nd, he earned his 220nd career win, passing Pedro Martinez on the all time Dominican win list.

Colon benefited from HRs in the 1st inning by David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes & Lucas Duda as he shut out the Atlanta Braves for eight innings, scattering seven hits in a 4-1 Mets win. That night not only did he not walk anyone (again) but he also scorched a baseball foul just missing a bases clearing hit. Only Big Sexy gets noticed on "impressive" foul balls.

Quotes: Bartolo Colon: After the game, through his interpreter Melissa Rodriguez he said " I was even impressed, I don't think I ever hit a ball harder than that".

Well he hit one harder on May 7th at San Diego, when he became the oldest player in MLB history at age 42 to hit his first career HR. The historic HR made him the second oldest Mets to ever hit a HR & one of three Mets players (Willie Mays & Julio Franco) to hit HRs at age 42. 

Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen got so excited he said “This is one of the great moments in the history of baseball! Bartolo Colon has gone deep!”

Quotes: Bartolo Colon- I don't even know how to explain it. I'm very thankful, I thank God & am very grateful. It means a lot." He also said it was the biggest moment of his career.

Colon won that game & earned two victories with the historic HR, all that same week earning him the Player of the Week Award. It was his fifth Player of the Week Award.

From June, to the All Star Break, Colon  Colom wet 4-1, he did not allow more than two earned runs in any start from May 23rd to his July 7th start. By that point he had lowered his ERA to 2.86 one of the leagues best.

In the month of June he also just walked two batters in 27 innings pitched. At 7-4 with a 2.87 ERA at the break, he was named to the 2016 NL All Star team by manager Terry Collins.

The game which was won by the AL 4-2, was held in San Diego & Colon did not pitch. He joined Mets team mates Noah Syndergaard & Jeurys Familia in the Mid Summer Classic. It was his fourth All Star appearance, his first in the National League.

After the break he had two rough outings, one on July 20th at Wrigley Field where the Cubs got him for six runs in 4.1 innings of work. The other came at Citi Field where the Rockies knocked him around for five runs on seven hits,  in five innings of work.

He rebounded on August 4th with a Subway series win in the Bronx, as he allowed just one run into the 7th inning of a 4-1 Mets win. After a loss & no decision both against Arizona, he went on another Bartolo hot streak. He ended the season winning five of six decisions, helping the Mets capture the top wild card spot.

On August 20th he beat the Giants in San Francisco, although he scattered nine hits in 6.2 innings of work, he allowed just two runs, walking one. The Mets supported him with nine runs that day & nine more in his next win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets fighting & surging ahead in the wild card race won two of his next starts in which he got no decision.

On September 5th he shut out the Reds in Cincinnati for six innings earning his 13th win.

On September 26th he pitched the emotional game in Miami after the death of pitcher Jose Fernandez. In a game where Colon seemed to not have it just easing the ball over the plate, he took a 7-3 loss allowing all seven runs. He ended the year & his Mets career with a win at Philadelphia on October 1st, fittingly it was the game where the Mets clinched the 2016 top Wild Card spot. In that game he struck out six & walked no one. 

Colon closed out 2016 leading the Mets staff in wins once again (15) games (34) starts (33) innings (192) HRs (24) & of course age! He had the best base on balls per nine innings (1.738) average in the NL & also led all AL pitchers with 40 assists. At 15-8 he posted a 3.43 ERA with 128 strike outs & 32 walks. His 33 starts were third most in the NL, his 15 wins were tenth in the NL & his .652 winning % was ninth.

Sadly on November 11thm 2016 he accepted a deal with the Atlanta Braves & his time with the New York Mets was over. In his Mets career he was 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA starting 95 games with 415 strike outs & 86 walks in 588 innings of work.

Colon got to a World Series, two post seasons & was one of the most poplar players on the team during his Mets years. He will be missed in New York but always remembered in Met history.
In his 19 year career, Colon has 233 wins(63rd most wins all time) with 162 losses (115th all time) with 2365 strike outs (44th all time), 888 walks (171st all time) in 3172 innings (111th all time) in 481 games, 500 starts (46th all time) & a 3.92 ERA.

At 43 years old in 2016 he was the oldest player in the game. His 13 shut outs were first among active pitchers. All time his 2.629 strike outs to walk ratio in 89th best all time. His walks per nine innings (2.573) was 21st best all time.

He has played with the Cleveland Indians (1997-2002),  Montreal Expos (2002) Chicago White Sox (2003/ 2009), Los Angeles Angles (2004-2007) Boston Red Sox (2008) A.L. NY Team (2011) Oakland A's (2012-2013) & New York Mets (2014-2016).
Colon has made four All Star teams, he won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award, as well as four monthly & five weekly Player Awards as well.

Family: Bartolo Colon & his wife live in Clifton, New Jersey with their three children. In September of 2014 he & his wife were officially named United States citizens.