Well I’ll be at the big ballpark tonight as the Yanks take on the kids from Canada. I’ve already examined some guy named Jose Bautista, so I’m not going to go into that one again. Don’t throw the guy a fastball, or he’s gonna hit it over the wall. Case closed.
Tonight, Bartolo Colon and his 3.16 ERA take the hill coming off an outing against the O’s when he twirled eight innings of shutout ball, only to see his 1-0 lead disappear. The game went to the 15th inning, and the Yanks pulled it out.
What to look for tonight
We know that Big Bart has seemingly turned back the clock. His fastball this year has averaged out at 91.8 MPH, just four tenths of a tick below his career average. Pretty incredible. What I’m going to look for tonight is any signs of wearing down. Nobody really understands how Colon is doing this, but the longer into the season he can hold up without breaking down, the better. He’s doing an admirable job, and he’s at least partially responsible for keeping the Yankees’ season afloat. Where would they be without him?
I do fully expect his arm to fall off soon, but until I see his fastball losing gas or his breaking ball losing sharpness, I’m going to keep putting my faith in him and his inning-ending glove claps (love those!). He’ll take on Carlos Villanueva, who’s been a good reliever (he’s making a spot start tonight). I like the Yanks’ chances. GO YANKS!