Bartolo Colon has become must see TV and today was no different. This 42 year old veteran has become a two-way threat like no other. Thanks to his big arm, and bat, the Mets (28-23) defeated the Marlins (20-31) by a score of 4-3 to pull to within a half game of the first place Nationals. Not a bad place to be as we end May!
Colon (8-3, 4.72) became the first 8 game winner in the National League as he pitched 7 innings of 3 run ball against the fish. He walked no one, which is par for the course, and even contributed with his bat as he lumbered into second base with an RBI double. He has completely won the crowd over with each and every at-bat and the best part is, he just seems to have a blast when he gets an at-bat. He may be the most youthful 42 year old I have ever seen.
Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada are carrying this offense (aside from Duda). Flores hit his 8th home run in this game and now has 22 RBI’s. His defense has settled down and he is now learning to become a consistent threat at the plate, which management had expected from this 23 year old from the start. Tejada, since being re-inserted into the starting lineup, has done nothing but contribute both offensively and defensively. He is back to working deep counts and hitting line drives on hittable pitches. He has brought some patience and consistency to the two-hole in Wright’s absence and should continue to receive the bulk of playing time in Wright’s absence.
Jeurys Familia (1.44), called in for overtime, with a a 5 out save today was throwing absolute gas en route to his 15th save. He made Stanton look lost at the plate and pitched around two singles to get his 5 outs and salvaged the series finale from the Marlins. Familia now has 30 strike outs over 25 innings and seems to be the most confident closer we have had in a Mets uniform since Billy Wagner.