Bartolo Colon: About Last Night

Well, the Mets certainly gave Bartolo Colon enough of a lead that even if the Colon we’ve been used to seeing lately arrived in Miami, they’d be okay. Colon, however, pitched well. He kept his two-seamer down, and the movement on that pitch had the Marlins batters guessing all night. He worked with runners on base for the first few innings. A great play on a Christian Yelich down the right field line by Curtis Granderson kept Dee Gordon from scoring in the third, and Colon carried a shutout into the eighth. Michael Conforto’s first major league home run (you best believe I’m including that little beauty of a home run) and the additional six extra base hits by the Mets batters (three by Yoenis Cespedes, narrowly missing his first homer as a Met) plated more than enough.

Let’s just say Colon wasn’t pitching any stressful innings past the top of the fifth.

I really though Colon had a shot at a complete game. He was cruising into the eighth when Ichiro Suzuki singled and came home on a long double by Yelich to deep center. Colon finished the night with eight innings of work, allowing seven hits and striking out five.

The last time Colon threw a complete game was over two years ago, on July 21st, 2013. Why do I bring that up? Because.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Mets starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 5 4.95
Fourseam 45 44.6
Two-seam 47 46.5
Slider 4 3.96

Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Fourseam Two-seam Slider
Ball 4 9 10 0
Called Strike 0 12 14 1
Swinging Strike 0 4 1 0
Foul 0 11 9 0
In play, no out 1 1 4 3
In play, out(s) 0 8 8 3
In play, run(s) 0 0 1 0

Pitches by Outcome


Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph) Mean Horizontal
Mean Vertical
Changeup 79.9 80.3 80.5 -7.38 7.066
Fourseam 86.6 90.46 93 -7.24 11.08
Two-seam 85.2 87.7 90.4 -9.46 5.62
Slider 80.4 83.1 85.9 -0.18 6.65

Pitch Velocities & Movement

NOTE:  Horizontal movement denotes average distance, in inches, from point of release to home plate (+ moves right as seen from a right-handed batter) while vertical movement is average distance, in inches, from release point to home plate.

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:

150803_BCBatterPitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150803_BCPitchPitch Location by Pitch Type

150803_BCCoolPitch Location by Pitch Type and Batter Stance


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