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Mets Need Bartolo

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Bartolo Colon is key ingredient to Mets success

The New York Mets are looking to slide into that NL Wild Card spot in the coming weeks. Right now, they are 72-66 and 1 game back of the St. Louis Cardinals for that spot. Last season, as most of us know, they made it to the World Series only to lose to the Kansas City Royals. Since last season much has changed in the organization and success hasn’t come easy.

One setback this season has been Matt Harvey and his injuries. What once looked like a promising future for him and the Mets, does not look that way anymore. Harvey was moved to the 15-day DL after his July 4th outing due to Thoracic Outlet syndrome. He had rib surgery on July 18th and is done for the season.

No worries for the Mets because they have one of the most consistent pitchers in the game of baseball. No, it’s not Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom but 43-year old Bartolo Colon. When it comes to Bartolo, age is truly just a number. Age hasn’t held him out from making his start every fifth game.

Bartolo Colon has been a great leader for them this season and a teammate to be around to uplift the Mets at their low moments. Bartolo this season leads the team with 13 wins and 164.2 inning while posting a 3.22 Era in those games with 108 strikeouts.

The team needs him to be a strong third of the rotation pitcher with Steven Matz being out still. Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman both have shown some signs that they could hold down the back of the rotation but it is still a little too early to tell.

Despite this, how long can you demand a middle age man to be at that high level.  So far it worked and most likely earned him a contract renewal for the 2017 season.

New York is in luck because they have one of the easiest schedules over these final 24 games. They have 21 of their final games verse teams with a winning percentage under .500.  The Mets are looking to make back-to-back postseason appearances for only the second time in Mets history (Last was 1999 and 2000).