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Another Good Outing: Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

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.

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