Three takeaways from Monday’s Mets victory

By Danny Abriano
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Bartolo Colon found extra velocity and toyed with the Nats

Many people – including the person writing this – weren’t thrilled when Terry Collins announced Bartolo Colon as the Opening Day starter.

I wasn’t disappointed because I doubted Colon’s ability to rise to the occasion. Instead, it was the fact that Matt Harvey wasn’t pitching.

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Well, Colon went out there and thoroughly dominated the Nationals over six terrific innings.

More impressive than Colon’s always-impeccable control was the velocity on his fastball, which routinely touched 92 and 93 MPH on the gun.

Last season, Colon’s average fastball velocity was 88.7 MPH, the lowest of his career and down a bit more than a MPH from 2013.

Perhaps Colon was simply dealing with extra adrenaline on Monday, but if his fastball can average just 90 to 91 MPH in 2015, that would be a very positive development.

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