Maybe Colon hasn’t been told yet. Maybe Father Time will delay that dreaded visit. Some pitchers have been successful well past 44, even after it appeared they might be done. Nolan Ryan pitched until he was 46; Phil Niekro until he was 48, to name two. But they were unique. Ryan worked out obsessively and took excellent care of his body. Niekro stuck around because the knuckleball didn’t put much strain on his arm. And, oh yeah, both were Hall of Fame talents.
Colon was a lottery ticket for the Braves from the beginning, a “you never know,” relatively low-stakes gamble. The gamble didn’t pay off.
The team granted him his latest start as a courtesy, hoping that the three weeks off would help Colon, as he did with the Mets the past two season, continue to defy age and body type and be a productive member Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike of a starting rotation. It wasn’t meant to be.
But it’s not surprising that Colon believes he can still pitch Cheap New York Giants Jerseys at the big-league level. Competitors always want to compete — and believe they can compete — even when their bodies just won’t allow them to be effective anymore. Colon wasn’t effective for the Braves. Wednesday’s outing swelled his ERA to 8.14 and his WHIP to 1.78. It was the fourth time in his past seven outings that he allowed six earned runs or more, and was his third straight outing in which he failed to make it past the fourth inning.
Why he’s here: Like Dallas Keuchel in 2016, Porcello has been a huge disappointment the year after winning the AL Cy Young Award. Even if he wasn’t expected to match last year’s achievements, few could have seen such a major drop in production for Porcello, who hasn’t been able to fool anyone this season. His teammate David Price could’ve taken this spot, too.