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Bartolo Colon's Focus: Mother's Health Then Baseball

On Tuesday, Bartolo Colon threw seven shutout inning helping the New York Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-0. Adam Rubin of reported that Colon’s focus right now is on his mother’s health and then baseball.

Last season with the Oakland Athletics, Colon had  an 18-6 record and a 2.65 Earned Run Average; ERA. His dominant season led to him finishing second in the American League in ERA and sixth in the league’s Cy Young voting, according to Rubin.

Following that season, Colon became a free agent.

On Dec. 14, the Mets officially signed Colon, 40-years-old, to a two-year, $20 million contract. Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson told Rubin why the team decided to sign Colon.

We have lots of young talent, but we don’t want to rely on it entirely,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said (on Dec. 12). “And it also provides us the kind of depth that we’re going to need through the course of the season. So adding experienced pitching, whether at the top end of a rotation or elsewhere, was an important factor for us.”

The Mets’ Opening Day rotation consisted of a lot of players with very limited MLB experience. These starting pitchers include Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia.

Colon had experienced a lot of success in his career.

Entering this season, his career statistics included a 189-128 record, 1,950 strikeouts in 2,583.2 Innings Pitched, an ERA below 4 and a Walks per Hits in Innings Pitched, WHIP, below 1.35. One of his best seasons was in 2005 when he was a member of the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim.

He finished the 2005 season with a 21-8 record, struck out 157 hitters in 222.2 Innings Pitched, had a 3.48 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. This contributed to him winning the American League Cy Young Award, finishing 23rd in the league’s Most Valuable Player, MVP, voting and an All-Star game appearance.

Colon has had a good start to the 2013 season for the Mets.

Succeeding Tuesday night’s dominant start, he has a 1-1 record in two starts with nine strikeouts in 13.0 Innings Pitched, a 2.08 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Colon is unable to solely focus on baseball because he has something more pressing on his mind.

Colon told Enrique Rojas of on Tuesday that his head is not entirely in the game because of his ailing mother.

“I have not had my head in baseball for several days. Not since they called me from my house to tell me that my mom has cancer,” Colon said (translated by Rubin). Colon has known about this for almost a week now.

He first found about it on Thursday, a day he made his season debut, when he received a phone call from the Dominican Republic. Adriana Morales, Colon’s mother, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will learn the result of further tests on Monday, according to Rubin.

Colon told Rubin what he is going through on a daily basis.

It’s a situation where you’re trying to be strong, but you cannot,” Colon said. “Everyone in the family is very worried, hoping the results come out negative. But when you hear the word cancer, you always think the worst.”

Numerous people unfortunately know people who have dealt with cancer or are currently dealing with cancer. The EWB community wishes Morales the best of luck on her recovery.

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