On Thursday, it was announced that the Atlanta Braves designated Bartolo Colon for assignment
YES! Time for Colon to come back to the team.
First, let me address everyone who is going to come at me by saying how much Colon has stunk for the Braves this past season. Yes, I know he’s 2-8 with a 8.14 ERA. And yes, I know that flat out sucks.
But, let’s look at last year’s numbers with the Mets. He went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA.
Dude clearly didn’t like pitching in Atlanta and wanted to be back on the Mets, duh.
Colon was the only constant starter in the 2016 season, and it was very much not only needed, but a relief to all to have him there. With 2017 having just as many injuries (if not more as with the way this season is going), the Mets need a constant in their rotation. Yes, Jacob deGrom has been utterly fantastic despite two bad starts, but he can’t continue to carry the team on his back.
“Well Michelle, how is Colon going to be a constant? He’s just going to come back to Queens with his 8.14 ERA and just give up tons of runs?”
Will he? We know how much he loved New York. We know how much he loved his team. And we know how much he loved the fans. Maybe being back in this environment is exactly what he needs.
Plus, what’s there to lose? Nothing. Literally nothing. Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey are already injured and we have no idea when they’ll be returning. Zack Wheeler is supposedly returning on Friday but who knows for sure if he’ll be ready and healthy to pitch, as this is still his first season back from Tommy John surgery. And Robert Gsellman has now landed himself on the disabled list as well.
If Colon doesn’t perform, the team can just cut him. There truly is nothing to lose, especially when there’s room in the rotation. Make it happen, Sandy!