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Terry Collins refers to Bartolo Colon as a “groundball pitcher”

By Danny Abriano

Apr 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

For Thursday’s series finale, on an incredibly windy day, Terry Collins elected to start Bobby Abreu (who hasn’t started a game since the middle of 2012) in right field. Abreu, 40, was a poor fielder in his prime, and has only gotten worse as he’s aged.

While giving a reason why it made sense to start Bobby Abreu in right field, Collins referred to starting pitcher Bartolo Colon as a “groundball pitcher:”

Colon is decidedly not a groundball pitcher.

Over his career, Colon’s flyball rate of 38.6 % is by far the most of any pitcher in the Mets starting rotation.

You would think the manager of the Mets would know the tendencies of the players he’s in control of, but you’d be wrong.

If Collins’ belief that Colon was a groundball pitcher wasn’t so embarrassing, it would be amusing.

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