Mets Merized Online writers do read the comments, and a frequent comment recently has been a consistent ruing that the Mets did not re-sign Bartolo Colon this last offseason.
Why, the persistent refrain asks, did a team with Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz coming off arm surgery decide to jettison the fun-loving 44 year old who led the team in victories in 2016? Well, as Branch Rickey has been oft quoted, “Better a year too early than a year too late.”
So far in 2017, Bartolo has a 2-4 record pitching for the Braves with an ERA of 6.80. To put that record in context, Colon has the same number of wins as the struggling Gsellman, more losses than any pitcher on the Mets staff, and his ERA is more than 1.20 runs higher than Matt Harvey. A year too late indeed.
Bartolo Colon’s secondary pitching statistics have also plummeted. His Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is now 5.01, the fifth season in a row it has risen. Colon’s control was impeccable with the Mets as measured by his walks per 9 innings ratio, which led the National league in both 2015 and 2016. However, so far in 2017 his ratio has risen by more than 50%. A year too late indeed.
The Mets rotation should be getting reinforcements soon in the persons of Steven Matz and hopefully Seth Lugo in short order. As Mets fans remember the stars and performers of recent seasons, but remember the words on the bottom of your Wall Street prospectus, “past performance is not indicative of future results.”
Even the Big Sexy ones.