How He Fared with the Mets in 2016
At the age of 43, Bartolo Colon had statically his best season as a New York Mets pitcher. In what was his third and final season, Colon pitched to a 15-8 record through 34 games started. In 191.2 innings pitched, Colon kept his ERA under 4 for the first time as a Met (3.43 earned run average).
What was even more impressive with Colon was that he struck out 128 batters with pretty much one pitch, a fastball. Even more impressive was he only walked 32 batters the entire season! To be able to do that with pretty much one pitch, you need precise control. The one thing Colon worked on towards the later part of his career, especially when he got to Oakland in 2012, was his control.
Since 2012, in 931.0 regular season innings pitched, Colon walked only 138 people. As insane as that seems, it was imperative for an older pitcher without overwhelming stuff to have perfect control.
Fast forward to 2016, and the blueprint created was surely one that Colon could manufacture and continue to be successful with. Add that with Colon staying healthy for most of the year because of his durability and you have a guy who was an anchor for this rotation last year.