That Mets fans, scribes, and pundits are already chiming in on a playoff roster on September 10 following an Amazin’ dusting of the Nats is amazing in itself. And it’s certainly warranted as we head deeper into September.
Loud whispers have begun to reverberate that wily veteran hurler Bartolo Colon won’t be/shouldn’t be a piece of the playoff plan. What?
Let me make the case that he’s a must for the post-season:
- It’s all hands on deck during the playoffs, and the 42-year-old ageless wonder is one of the Mets’ best pitchers.
- Let’s not get too consumed by the flash of all the youngsters, as great as they may be. The Mets wouldn’t be where they are without Bartolo. He’s been through the wars and they’ll need his savvy!
- Innings limits could rear their ugly head in a New York Minute: will there even be a “Harvey Night”?
- Do long relievers disappear in October? Can a great starter have a bad day and get shelled? A Matz blister or lat tweak, a Thor road meltdown, and Bartolo would be at-the-ready insurance.
- Colon is like the Manny Mota (remember him?) of pitchers. What did they used to say? Here’s the pitcher’s version: “He can wake up in the middle of the winter, and go right to the mound to get a batter out.” Who wouldn’t trust Bartolo to get the last out in the sixth if a starter got into trouble?
- On September 10, with his 28th straight scoreless inning pitched, Colon passed Cy Young and Warren Spahn(27 apiece) as hurlers aged 42 or older to hold opponents without a run for that many frames. How do you leave a man of his accomplishments off the roster? He’s an asset, a locker room and dugout presence, and deserves to be there!