The story was trending on Twitter, and plenty of people were sharing posts on Facebook, while Instagram was filled with videos from the unforgettable play. Bartolo Colon delivered plenty of material to baseball fans when he hit the home run off of James Shields on Saturday night. It was the story all of baseball was talking about, and people could not get enough of. Topps Now, which is a new on-demand printing business, sold 8,826 copies of the card in 24 hours. The most ordered card wanted (before Bartolo’s home run) was Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter, and that received 1,808 orders. People love Bartolo’s bat, but we have forgotten what he has accomplished on the mound this year.
The storyline for Colon appeared to be starting for the Mets throughout the first half of the season, and then be replaced by Zack Wheeler. While Wheeler is still recovering from surgery, the Mets have had tremendous starts from Colon. His ERA of 2.82 has been low thanks to quality starts, and getting out of the game earlier when struggling. He has not allowed more than three runs so far, and he has logged four quality starts in six appearances. He has been striking people out, and he has limited the base on balls, which Colon has done awfully well since becoming a Met. So far, Colon may be rewriting what seemed to be his fate this season, and is trying to fight for a position in the starting rotation.
As of a month and a half into the season, the Mets starting rotation has looked dominant, and Matt Harvey has been the member that has struggled during some starts. There does not appear to be a weak link among the five starters, which makes things interesting when Wheeler comes back. Do the Mets sub one of these pitchers out, or do they go with a six-man rotation?
The first option of subbing one of the pitchers out could be of use, as Colon has experience with the playoffs, and he could be used to spot start throughout the remainder of the season. On the other hand, the six-man rotation makes plenty of sense, as the Mets are going to avoid their starting pitchers from getting injured any way they can. Plus, it would keep the arms fresh heading into the playoffs, as all the pitchers pitched more innings than ever before with the Mets playing deep into October.
No matter what happens in the future, Colon has been pitching well enough to keep his spot in the starting rotation. Wheeler’s return is going to come in a couple of months, and the Mets are in no rush to bring back their recovering starter with the pitching staff performing at a high level. When the time comes, it will be interesting to see what the organization decides to do, and what will happen if every starter is healthy down the stretch. Until then, we get the treat of watching Colon pitch, and hit, ever fifth game.