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  1. I’m glad Colon is having a revival of sorts but I question whether it can last. I see him making it to maybe the summer time before Cashman bites the bullet and calls up someone or makes that dreaded trade.

    Comment by Anthony — April 28, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

  2. He threw fastballs on 90 of 99 pitches Wednesday night, and threw his last slider in the 4th inning. I don’t how much a change in velocity on his offspeed stuff factored into his effectiveness. The White Sox lineup couldn’t do anything with four-seamers in the zone, so he didn’t bother messing around.

    Comment by WSO — April 28, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

  3. Also, he’s getting a lot of called strikes on pitches, especially that two seamer in to lefties and backdoor to righties. That one against Dunn was just unfair.

    Comment by 28 this year — April 28, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

  4. That’s unbelievable! I was quite skeptical when I read your comment, but I went back through Gameday’s pitch-by-pitch account, and you’re absolutely right. He certainly did mix in some two-seamers with the four-seamers, but it’s staggering how much success he had throwing fastball after fastball. The velocity he has is truly extraordinary, having been out of baseball for a year and now being 38 years old. He was right around 94 on his four-seamer, at least taking the Yankee Stadium Pitch f/x numbers at face value.

    Comment by AustinRHL — April 28, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

  5. Might have just been the Yankee Stadium gun, but I saw him popping the ball in at 95-96mph on his fastball regularly. I was about to call for a PED check. Looking at these numbers, though, now I’m convinced it’s just the stadium gun.

    Comment by The Typical Idiot Fan — April 28, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  6. two pathetic articles on colon in less than two weeks.

    Comment by Yeah! Oh, Yeah! — April 28, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  7. Unbelievable, though I see an oblique injury just around the corner.

    Comment by donnie baseball — April 28, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

  8. U mad?

    Comment by MonteroSmash — April 28, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

  9. mad is writing an article about colon without mentioning his dancing two-seam.

    Comment by Yeah! Oh, Yeah! — April 28, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  10. How much does this have to do with Russell Martin’s influence?

    Comment by AA — April 28, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

  11. LOL How is it the gun? Gameday had the same values. Colon was 93-96 with his 4 seamer, his 2 seamer is 90-92, which brings down his total velocity to 91.7. If we’re talking only 4 seamer, he’s atleast at 93 this year.

    Comment by Lisso — April 28, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  12. This Year’s Carlos Silva™?

    Comment by matt — April 28, 2011 @ 6:47 pm

  13. it’s his 2 seamer. It has incredible movement…might as well be a 92 mph reverse cutter.

    Comment by DT — April 28, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  14. ahh lol gotcha. sorry for misunderstanding

    Comment by MonteroSmash — April 28, 2011 @ 7:07 pm


    Comment by sirvlciv — April 28, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

  16. Sorry – that’s an animated gif of Bartolo’s 2-seamer K of Dunn.

    Comment by sirvlciv — April 28, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

  17. This is maybe the second third article about a pitcher’s “renaissance” that pops up the day after he shuts down the White Sox. So you have to ask yourself, are these pitchers doing somehing right? Or should the south siders hitters just leave the bats at home so they can cut down on baggage fees?

    To be fair, you touch on this quite nicely.

    Comment by MikeS — April 28, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

  18. WSO – good point on the % of fastballs. Looking back through GameDays, he featured slider and change more in his relief outings. By my count, he has featured his fastballs (2- and 4-seam) nearly 6 percent more as a starter. Perhaps just small sample, but will be interesting to see if he keeps relying so heavily on fastball, or if he has to adjust. Thanks for the comment!

    Comment by Paul Swydan — April 28, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  19. Never really believed in the idea that a catcher has any distinct influence, or the concept of catcher ERA. So much of the gameplan is set in meetings with the pitching coach before the game that I think any influence the catcher has specifically is diluted at best.

    Comment by Paul Swydan — April 28, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  20. Yep, I watched the video of his start and was very impressed with the movement on the pitch. Batters won’t be likely to whiff on it, but it will get a lot of called strikes.

    Comment by AustinRHL — April 28, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  21. He’s been quite a surprise, and as a Yankee fan, let me say that if he fell off the face of the earth tomorrow, I would be thankful for his contributions thus far. Ditto Freddy Garcia

    Comment by Joltin' Joe — April 28, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

  22. he is only 23 career WAR from 60. It is unlikely, but I would laugh if he reaches the hall!

    Comment by kick me in the GO NATS — April 28, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

  23. People need to chill out over great performances against bad hitting teams or teams that have bats of ice like the White Sox. They make even bad pitchers look good.

    The thing is when the mean population of starting pitchers in the AL have a sub 3.5 ERA, there obviously are not that many good hitting teams around. The AL even w/ a DH has a lower OPS than the NL and are scoring fewer RPG.

    No wonder fans are staying away from the parks. Who wants to sit 3 hrs in April weather to watch nothing much, and see nothing much. Pitchers duels are ok on TV, but brutal for the fans who go to the games. Bring back the juiced ball.

    Comment by pft — April 29, 2011 @ 3:49 am

  24. Bartolo Colon is our very own Kenny Powers.

    Comment by Cos — April 29, 2011 @ 9:13 am

  25. Wait, don’t you have to HAVE obliques before you can injure them??

    Comment by Steve — April 29, 2011 @ 9:31 am

  26. Also, don’t forget that Colon came out of the bullpen in Fenway and threw 4.1 IP allowing 1 ER and striking out 5 Red Sox, so it’s not ALL about the offensive ineptitude of his opponents.

    It goes without saying that Colon can’t keep this up, if he did, he’d prob win the Cy Young. But if he can stay healthy, which is a huge if, I don’t see any reason why he can’t remain an effective starter. His stuff looks great.

    Comment by Steve — April 29, 2011 @ 9:39 am

  27. For those who believe that a large jump in innings from season to season takes a toll on a pitcher’s arm, does that apply equally to an older pitcher late in his career, or does it apply less because his arm is already stretched out or what have you, or does it apply more because he’s older and more fragile?

    Comment by Guy — April 29, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  28. Hey you forgot the frame that shows where the ball travels over the plate … oh wait;)

    Comment by csawce — April 29, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  29. Maybe this is true and maybe it’s not, but I wonder if there was ever a similar stretch during Colon’s decline similar to this that wasn’t as obvious due to being in the middle of the season when he ERA dropped from like 5.00 to like 4.75 due to a few good starts.

    Not buying any of this honestly, it might not matter though. Some team with a decent starter will be in the crapper and be an all star. In Phoenix you’ll have Cashman talking to said pitcher and the GM of that team, maybe Mo Rivera teaches him a cutter, Derek Jeter takes the GM out to a steak. Soon we hear the Yanks have traded 3 top prospects for said pitcher and it doesn’t matter if Colon can sustain pitching well.

    Comment by AntonioBananas — May 2, 2011 @ 12:25 am

  30. That would suck to be Kayne West.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — May 2, 2011 @ 1:35 am

  31. The 2-seam has an incredibly late break, almost as if it breaks while crossing the plate.

    Comment by Remus — May 3, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

  32. Some truly interesting details you have written.Assisted me a lot, just what I was looking for :D.

    Comment by brindes — September 29, 2011 @ 12:46 am

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