Originally posted on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 6/12/13
Returning to the team that he was forced to leave 45 games too early last season, and forced to miss the first five games of 2013 as a result of a performance-enhancing-drug suspension, there were not necessarily high expectations for Bartolo Colon heading into the season. Certainly not any thought that he could be a candidate for his third All-Star appearance, right? Once a dominant flame thrower in his earlier years with the Cleveland Indians, Colon would be turning 40 on May 24 and despite still possessing that mid-90′s fastball as a weapon, he is no longer the strikeout pitcher he once was. These days Colon lives by pounding the strikezone pitch after pitch, forcing the opposition to put the ball in play and trusting his defense behind him. Once averaging as high as 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2000, Colon now averages about half that at 5.4. Over the course of his 16-year career he actually has averaged 6.8 K’s per nine innings. The key to his success has been cutting do...
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