Bartolo Colon is not quite a month younger than me, at least three inches shorter and weighs about a quarter again what I do. So on some level I love him simply for playing big league baseball in 2016. I just wish he'd stop picking on the Phillies. The fastball-only 43 year old came into tonight's game with an 8-3 record and a sub-3 ERA in 12 starts against the Phils as a Met, and improved on that figure--while notching his 230th win overall, and 59th since turning 40--in an easy 9-4 victory in Queens Friday night.
The Phillies didn't even register a hit off Colon until Odubel Herrera doubled with one out in the 5th. They scratched out a run in that inning, and tagged him for three more in the 8th with four straight hits that finally chased the veteran right-hander. By then, Colon was probably tired not only from topping 100 pitches on a steamy night, but running the bases on two hits--his first multi-hit game since 2002 as a member of the Expos.
Colon's leadoff double in the home 5th spelled the beginning of the end for Phillies lefty Adam Morgan. After allowing home runs to the first two Mets batters he faced in the first, Morgan had settled in to notch seven strikeouts and keep the game close, and he'd driven in the Phils' first run off Colon just minutes before with a two-out RBI single to make it 2-1. Jose Reyes followed Colon's double with a bloop two-base hit of his own--although Colon, obviously husbanding his energy, dropped anchor at third. He stayed there as Morgan recorded the next two outs on grounders, but Morgan walked Neil Walker to load the bases, then unloaded them as Wilmer Flores jumped on his first pitch for a grand slam and a 6-1 Mets lead.
Morgan's eight strikeouts tied a career high, but his record fell to 1-8 and his ERA now stands at an unsightly 6.50. With the Phils' rash of pitching injuries and the even worse struggles of rookie Jake Thompson, he might well keep his rotation spot for now, as the team starts to wind down its fourth straight losing season.