Bartolo Colon, the Mets’ geriatric stalwart, their pitching high priest, should not be instantly scratched from a postseason start. The portly pitcher has the physical and historical bona fides to make an impact.
Right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon threw eight shutout innings Monday night and singled and scored during a three-run fifth inning that lifted the New York Mets to a 3-1 win.
With one game left in August, the Mets are seven runs shy of their franchise-high total for runs scored in any month in club history.
Bartolo Colon tossed five-hit ball and struck out eight in seven sharp innings, Michael Cuddyer hit a long homer and the NL East-leading New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 on Wednesday night.
The Mets are stumbling since sweeping their latest series with Colorado. They’ll try to begin work on another as they go for a ninth straight win over the Rockies on Friday night.
Gregory Polanco singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended the Mets’ seven-game home winning streak, stopping New York 3-2 Friday night.
They went 4-2 on a Florida road trip and remain a game-and-a-half ahead of the second-place Washington Nationals, who also lost Sunday.
Fresh off sweeping Washington, the Mets won their fourth in a row and moved a game ahead of the Nationals for the NL East lead.
Colon allowed three runs and 10 hits, all singles, in six innings and the Mets were shut down by Matt Cain and four relievers in a 3-0 loss to the Giants on Tuesday night.
Jimmy Nelson allowed two hits in eight strong innings, Scooter Gennett hit a home run and the Milwaukee Brewers extended the New York Mets’ losing streak
“We’re playing a little sluggishly right now,” Collins said. “We need to find some energy. We need to reach down inside here and figure out a way to pick up the pace a little bit more.”
Dickey faces the NL East-leading Mets for the first time since the deal on Thursday night, starting opposite Bartolo Colon in the majors’ first matchup between starters in their 40s in seven years.
Bartolo Colon moved into a tie for the major league lead with his ninth win, Wilmer Flores and John Mayberry Jr. homered, and the New York Mets held on to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Friday night.
Welington Castillo picked a great time to get his first hit for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“Not having National League pitchers hit would deprive us of the entertainment that Bartolo Colon has given us this year,” Manfred said.