Bartolo Colon pitched a great game last night. He went eight innings, allowing zero runs while surrendering just three hits and a walk while striking out seven. And, once again, he did it while relying heavily on his fastball. He threw 87 total pitches last night and 80 of them were either four seam or two seam fastballs (91.95%). That percentage was the second highest of the season for Colon and it got me wondering about the rest of his season.
During the game, Jack Curry of YES tweeted the following:
Colon, who used his slider more in his last start than he had all season, is back to being Mr Fastball as 36 of his 38 pitches have been FBs
I think his pitch usage will depend on the team. Vs. BOS, going fastball only will get you reamed; it’s safer to do it against a team lke the O’s.
Including last night, Colon has made six starts against six different teams:
4/20 vs. Toronto (89 P, 75 FB, 84.27%)
4/27 vs. Chicago (99 P, 90 FB, 90.91%)
5/2 vs. Detroit (97 P, 91 FB, 93.81%)
5/7 vs. Texas (76 P, 67 FB, 88.16%)
5/13 vs. Boston (103 P, 83 FB, 80.58%)
5/18 vs. Baltimore (87 P, 80 FB, 91.95%)
So aside from Boston, the best hitting team of that bunch, Colon has been fastball heavy to everyone. I said in my interview the other day that the one thing about Colon I’d be worried about is his reliance on the fastball. How much longer can he keep going to it until guys figure it out? Well, after last night, the answer is apparently “at least one more start.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not upset about this, nor do I think he needs to mix his pitches more. He’s getting good velocity that he’s sustaining through games and is getting just incredible movement on them. What’s encouraging is that Boston start. He did well in that game despite throwing a season low percentage of his “bread and butter” pitch. That shows me that Colon can still perform at a reasonably high level without using his best pitch so if the fastball does go south or does betray him, it appears he can still get the job done.
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