When we last left Bartolo Colon he was coming off back-to-back horrendous starts which saw his ERA jump from 2.88 to 3.47. That’s not such a terrible drop, but his performance was certainly terrible. In the latter start, he only went 2/3 of an inning and got shelled.
However, last night he put Yankee fans’ minds at ease — at least for the time being — with a terrific performance. He returned to Cy Colon form and struck out a season-high nine batters on a season-high 105 pitches (70 for strikes). Bart allowed three runs — two earned — on five hits with just two walks in 6 1/3. His fastball (in the mid-90s) had great movement and he even used some changeups and sliders; the Rays managed just one extra-base hit in the affair.
More importantly, he didn’t show any lingering signs of the hamstring injury.
Sure, the Yanks lost but that was more on Hellickson and the Tampa bullpen shutting down the offense…in addition to some shabby defense.
Thank God, I felt really good today. I didn’t feel anything in my leg, feel anything in my head. Nothing crossed my mind that I was going to get hurt today. When I was warming up in the bullpen, I felt the same way. I felt really comfortable today.
I’m not sure if this means Colon is back and will continue to dominate, but it definitely makes me think those two clunkers were more of an aberration rather than a sign of things to come.
Hopefully his pitching continues to be sexy