Although Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets were destroyed by the Washington Nationals today, there’s nothing to worry about.
- New York Mets 7 (7-7)
- Washington Nationals 12 (12-3)
- Grapefruit League, Final, Box Score
- Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, FLA
By Jeremy Fialkow
2015 Playoff Hero and former Met-turned-enemy Daniel Murphy was greeted by rousing cheers from a packed Tradition Field. Although, his ovation didn’t nearly eclipse that given to David Wright, whose return last season saw him mash a ball well into the upper-deck of Citizens Bank Park.
This time around, Wright’s return to the Mets lineup was also successful, albeit with a little less oomph as last time.
In the Captain’s first Grapefruit League action of the year, he went hunting at the first pitch he saw, ripping a fastball through the hole on the right side for a base hit.
The second inning saw Cap deliver another single, and eventually scoring after Yoenis Cespedes unleashed a powerful shot to the left-field wall for a double.
The 7-time All-Star Wright finished with two hits in three at-bats.
Still, the Mets dropped tonight’s game to their division rivals, thanks to Bartolo Colon.
Indeed, if it seemed like the Nationals player were hitting every pitch on the sweet spot of their bats, that’s because they were.
Bart was hit early and often by a Washington team without superstar Bryce Harper in the lineup. The score was 5-0 in the opposition’s favor before the second out of the entire ballgame was recorded. In fact, the first four Nats batters at the plate ended with a hit to their name.
Yeah, they were certainly seeing the ball well.
Colon was nailed with eight earned runs before Manager Terry Collins decided he’d seen enough. His final line: 5.0 IP, 8 ER, 5 Ks.
But, seriously, don’t worry about big Bartolo Colon…all 290 pounds of him. At this point, you know what the 42-year-old brings to the team: a fun, large, jubilant, hilarious veteran presence who can perform well just about every other game. He won’t walk anybody, and he’ll always put the ball where the catcher wants it, sometimes to a fault.
In other news, Michael Conforto finished 2-5 including a monster grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Rookie sensations doing sensational things is always fun.
Lets’s not forgot, Lucas Duda drew a walk today, giving Mets fans a glimpse of what will likely never occur again.
Tomorrow we’ll see a rematch between these two ball-clubs. This time, the Mets travel to Space Coast Stadium (A+ name, by the way) in Viera, Florida. First pitch is schedule for 1:05 PM ET. You can catch the game on MLB Network.
— In Mets We Trust™ (@InMetsWeTrust) March 19, 2016
— New York Mets (@Mets) March 19, 2016
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 19, 2016
Happy Bartbrolo day. First pitch: 90 MPH. pic.twitter.com/FRTs0ZmPiS
— Andrew Beaton (@andrewlbeaton) March 18, 2016