Saturday, September 22, 2007

Can Bart get it done?

Its been a rough two years for Colon, but he has a chance to be a significant part of the 2007 team instead of a starter with a 6+ ERA who will probably be left off the postseason roster. Bart can be the pitcher who wins the clincher for us.

He's had some success against Seattle. In his first start of the year he allowed only 1 run in 77 innings. He also only struck out one, walking nobody, as the Mariners were kind enough to swing at the first pitch most of the time, not running up the pitch count on a guy coming off injury. Bartolo threw only 77 pitches to complete 7 innings. His other starts against the Mariners were a so-so win on 5-17 (7 innings, 3 runs, 12 baserunners allowed, only 1 K) and then on 5-28 he got his substantial ass handed to him.

Last year Bartolo's only win came against Seattle, a complete game 4 hit shutout, where he threw only 92 pitches (and recorded only 2 strikeouts)

So, expect Colon to be around the plate and the free-swinging Mariners (more than 100 fewer walks than the sometimes patient Angels) to put the ball in play early and often. If his command is right and his arm is strong he'll stay on the corners and get outs. If his command is off and he's getting too much in the middle of the plate, or if his state of health turns his fastball into batting practice, we'll have to wait one more day.

4 Comments:

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the trades and acquisitions made going into the draft, plus the bulk of the team that is carried over from last season, and the trades and draft picks made during the draft, it sure seems like the Pats are going to be the team to beat in the AFC this season, and perhaps in all of the NFL.

Considering the Pats were almost in the Superbowl last season with a pathetic receiving corps and that they've added very talented players into said receiving corps this season, barring some nasty injury(ies), they look to be the team to take it all.I say injury(ies) because I think they could survive an injury or two to some positions, but if they lost Brady they'd probably have a hard time recovering.


I wish I could say that the Redskins did well in the draft and/or in free agency but so many holes still exist that I'm not sure they'll be significantly better than last season. I suppose on face they should be if they can keep their corners healthy. With Landry (argh, hard to type that name as a Redskin!!) back there with a healthy secondary they might be able to cheat up more and put more pressure on opposing QBs. Might.

They still have what should be a lot of talent in the receiving positions, and Campbell should be better, but they don't have the quality on either line (offense or defense) that I wish they'd have, so it could be yet another year of .500 at best, or worse.

Still, the NFC East looks to be the NFC Least again this season. None of the teams there look like they'll be that good, and none really look ready to step up and take the division.

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