Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bartolo Colon: a Plethora of Fastballs

Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75 ERA) is on the hill for the streaking Giants tonight, and he wants revenge. The last time he faced the Mets, while playing for Atlanta, he cruised through 7 2/3 innings of 2-run ball, only to fracture his ankle during at play at first base. 

Fortunately for Hudson, Mets batters aren't hard to retire. They rank 28th in the league with a .233 team batting average. Hudson is already having a great year throwing his patented sinker in San Francisco's gigantic park, so look for him to toss another gem tonight.

On the other hand, the Giants are trying to figure out which Bartolo Colon will show up for the Mets. Colon (5-5, 4.52 ERA), hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in a start since May 17th. In the three starts before that though, the veteran righty was tagged for 16 total runs. 

It's hard to believe, but 85.1% of Colon's pitches are straight fastballs. When he's able to paint the corners, and stay low in the strike-zone, he'll challenge every batter he faces. But if he makes mistakes up in the zone, San Francisco will take batting practice on him.

On the offensive side, the Mets are flat out awful at producing runs, while the Giants will be looking to jump on the predictably plentiful fastballs in every at-bat. Our prediction? Look for the long-ball to change the game tonight in favor of the Giants.

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