To be fair, Bartolo Colon is the kind of pitcher who does give the Oakland Athletics fits most of the time.
Picking spots, changing speeds, and keeping their hitters off balance, especially when the command is there just does the Oaklanders in, and it always has (of course someone successful at these parameters on a regular basis should be a good pitcher).
Still, as I completed the lineups for Oakland and the Yankees Monday, the Brett Anderson/Bartolo Colon match-up seemed like it favored Oakland just a little bit.
And, it seems the now 38-year old, six seasons past his apex Cy Young year (2005, 21-8, 3.48) Big Fat Bartolo, as he is always nominated in AL Tout Wars each year, has been 14-19, 5.18, over 46 starts and 257 innings, until this year when Colon joined the Yankees.
This season, he’s 3-3 with a 3.26 ERA over 11 appearances and eight starts, and 66.1 innings – that includes 62 whiffs to 15 walks.
Of course Monday was the culmination when it took Bartolo just 103 pitches to toss a complete game shutout four-hitter, with no walks, making the Oakland Memorial Day memorable, though not in the best of ways.
With that the Yankee starter was clocked at 94 mph in the seventh inning, and rumor has it that Colon underwent an arm "rejuvenation" over the winter. There’s been speculation about the morality of the procedure, performed in the Dominican Republic, but the surgery has yet to be declared illegal by Major League Baseball.
And apparently it worked.