Bartolo Colon took the mound Wednesday in Seattle, hours after he had been rumored to be heading to San Francisco in a deadline trade.
He certainly helped his value in a terrific start against the Mariners.
Colon was perfect through 6 2/3 innings, with Robinson Cano spoiling the perfecto bid with a single to left with two out in the seventh. Colon wound up allowed two runs on three hits and one walk over 7 1/3 innings, but Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia closed out a 3-2 Mets win.
The win boosted Colon to 9-8 and he has a 4.03 ERA in 20 starts. He’s allowed 135 hits in 134 innings and has struck out 100 against just 19 walks. Colon is 41, but he’s been consistent and reliable and throws strikes. That would make him attractive to teams looking for starting pitching help, but there is one hangup with Colon.
Colon was signed to a two-year $20 million contract over the offseason, which pays him $9 million this year and $11 in 2015. So if a team were to acquire Colon in the next week, they’d be taking on $15 million in salary or so, unless the Mets are willing to eat some cash in the deal.
If the Mets are willing to take some of that money, they’ll get a much better prospect return. If, on the other hand, the Mets are unwilling to pay for Colon when he’s wearing another uniform, they’ll be lucky to do a salary dump trade at best.
The Mets are eight games back in the NL East and seven games behind in the NL Wild Card hunt, so they’ve got very long odds at making the playoffs this year. Without Colon, I think it’s fair to say that the Mets don’t have a shot at all.
So is it a better idea to try to flip him now for assets for the future or should they hold on to him just in case 2015 winds up being a special year? That’s the question facing the Mets’ front office over the next week.
This afternoon, Brandon McCarthy made his third start in a Yankees uniform. It was probably the worst start of his brief Yankees career, but it got the job done in a 4-2 win at home, giving the Yankees a three games to one series win over the Rangers.
McCarthy gave up one run on four hits over six innings, but he had to be pulled after throwing 109 pitches. Warren, Thornton, Betances and Robertson split the final three innings to close out the win.
Taking a look at McCarthy’s player page on BrooksBaseball.net, the thing that jumps out to me is his velocity. He hit 95.8 MPH with his sinker, averaging 93.6 MPH on the 60 sinkers he threw. McCarthy also got up to 95.4 with his 4-seam fastball.
If you look at the rest of the Yankees’ rotation as it currently stands, McCarthy has the best velocity of the bunch. Shane Greene has averaged 95 MPH in his short big league career, followed by Hiroki Kuroda and Chase Whitley (both 92 MPH) and David Phelps (91 MPH). A few miles per hour might not mean much, but when he opts to throw a curveball, which he has 25 percent of the time this year at an average speed of 82.2 MPH, it makes those fastballs look even faster.
It’s still early yet, but it looks like the Yankees saw the right things between the lines when they shipped Vidal Nuno to Arizona for McCarthy a few weeks ago. McCarthy was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts for the Diamondbacks this year, but his 3.82 FIP (fielding independent pitching) said that McCarthy had been the victim of some bad luck (and maybe bad fielding behind him). I’m not sure if his success in pinstripes in going to last, but his pitching must make Yankees fans feel a bit more optimistic about the team’s playoff chances with 80 percent of the opening day starting rotation currently on the disabled list.