Jason Keidel offers this on Bartolo Colon -
We all knew the Yankees’ best pitcher this year would be a large man who threw a live ball.
We didn’t know he’d throw it with his right hand, and was brought to New York as a de facto insurance policy, a fading, former Cy Young winner who would likely roam between the rotation and bullpen, if not drift from team to team in a pitching-starved sport.
Where would the Yankees be without Bartolo Colon? No, he’s not off to a Clemensian (circa 2000) start, but Colon has been nothing short of a life raft for a team drowning in a dearth of decent starting pitchers.
Before you demand a urine sample from me after stamping Colon the team’s early ace, look at the numbers. Before CC Sabathia’s gem last night, Colon and Sabathia started nine games apiece, and the Yankees went 5-4 for each hurler. Colon had a better ERA (3.16 to 3.47), and a better WHIP (1.13 to 1.36). Colon had a better strikeouts to innings pitched ratio, had a better strikeout to walk ratio, better batting average against (.241 to .260), and half the walks.
I have to admit, both Colon and Freddy Garcia have shocked the heck out of me this season, so far. Anyone who says they saw this coming from the two of them is full of it. No one could have predicted that they both would throw so well over the first two months of the season.
But, then again, it’s only been six starts for Colon and seven starts for Garcia that we’re talking about here. Let’s see how they both do over their next eight starts. If, at that time, they’re still doing so well, then, it’s time to consider them as legit. Don’t forget that Kevin Brown and Javy Vazquez looked good at the first quarter pole in 2004. And, we know how their seasons that year ended-up.