I may not have cared too much when Colon signed with the Oakland A’s, but after his first 4 starts, I’m caring now.
The 38 year old Colon had his first 3 starts of the season against the Mariners. Not exactly a great test, but it is what it is. In those starts, Colon had one bad one (7 runs in 4 innings) and two great ones (1 run in 15 innings). I paid a little attention to him at this point.
Colon’s 4th start was against the Angels – a very good team by any measure. Finally going up against an elite team would help determine if Colon’s early success was due to pitching against a poor team or if he is for real. He is for real. Against the Angels, Colon pitched 8 innings, 0 runs, gave up only 4 hits, 5 Ks and no walks – very, very impressive.
Colon is not owned any many leagues yet, but if he keeps this pace up he will be a solid if not great contributor this year. Yea, the A’s are not a great offensive team, but they do play in a pitcher friendly park. It’s a little early to say that he should be grabbed in AL only or shallow leagues, but that could be soon. Everyone else needs to give him strong consideration.