Bartolo Colon gave up his eighth home run of the season en route to an early shower that saw him allow seven runs, six earned, and failing to complete six innings for the second time in three starts.
Colon, who signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Mets in the offseason, has seen his ERA soar to 5.84 after eight starts with a .316 batting average against him and a .842 OPS.
“There’s still too much season left,” the veteran righthander told reporters after the Mets 9-7 comeback win. “I’m not worried yet.”
Terry Collins admitted it was another rough outing for Colon, but reminded everyone that the 41-year old is a seasoned veteran who has gotten the job done throughout his career.
“All I know is this guy is a veteran guy and I think as we move along, I just see him make some mistakes in the middle of the plate which he normally doesn’t do. I don’t know if he’s trying to get used to something. I don’t know what it’s about except we gotta get the ball down because the home runs are the ones doing the damage tonight.”
“He needs to keep the ball down.”
I’m not worried yet.
I remember at around this time last year we saw people freaking out over Dillon Gee and then just like that, he delivered 18 straight starts to close the season that was better than all but three other pitchers in the game during that span.
That’s the beauty of baseball.