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Player Profile: Bartolo Colon

With the recent injuries to pitcher Jon Niese, it is likely Bartolo Colon will assume his role as Opening Day starter.

Whether it is on March 31st against the Nationals or not, the first time Colon takes the ball this season will be his first appearance as a New York Met, he was acquired via free agency on a 2 year, $20 million deal after spending the past two seasons with the Oakland Athletics. The 40 year old Colon has had a long and productive career in the Majors, but it has not been without controversy, having served a 50 game suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs in 2012 as a member of the A’s.

Colon broke into the Majors in 1997 as a member of the Cleveland Indians and since then has pitched for the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Anaheim (and Los Angeles) Angels, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics. He has a career record of 189-128, with an ERA of 3.94 and a WHIP of 1.314. Colon had his best season in the Majors in 2005 as a member of the Angels, pitching 222 innings and posting a 22-8 record with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.159 WHIP, en route to the American League’s Cy Young award.

Last year Colon had a bit of a renaissance year in Oakland, finishing sixth in Cy Young voting on the strength of an 18-6 record, 2.65 ERA and 1.166 WHIP, numbers that may seem equally as impressive as his Cy Young year, but despite it only being 8 seasons ago, the offensive production in 2005 was far more prolific than it is now, the reasons for that are not going to be discussed here. Colon was brought in off the heels of that impressive performance in the American League to help the Mets bridge the gap at the top of their rotation that was created when ace Matt Harvey required Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2014 season.

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