Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/14/13
Bartolo Colon's velocity was up but so was his fastball. After four months of dominant outings and even talk of a possible run at another Cy Young Award, the 40-year-old Colon has looked extremely average in his last two outings. Even the Houston Astros are knocking Oakland's All-Star right-hander around at this point. Colon, who had defeated Houston three times already this season, gave up five runs and seven hits in four innings of the Athletics' 5-4 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night. ''The guy has been really good for us this year and he's had a couple of starts where the velocity hasn't been as good, but it looked like it was up a little bit today,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''It looked like the pitches that he made in the middle of the plate, they hit.'' Colon, who has already logged more innings than he did in all of 2012, walked one with three strikeouts. He has allowed 10 earned runs over his last two outings while his ERA has risen from 2.50 to 2.97. Yet aft...
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