Starting Pitching Continues To Rock

May 3, 2011 – 1:56 pm

NYY 5, Detroit 3. Bartolo Colon pitched another gem and the Yankee offense provided just enough runs to get this road trip off to a nice start. Colon continues to impress, going seven complete innings and giving up just three runs, and notably not walking a single batter while striking out seven. Discount his ugly first relief appearance of a month ago, and he’s got a very cool 2.17 ERA. And I use the word “cool”, because that’s exactly how he looks on the mound. Completely in charge all the time, never rattled. I like this guy.

Thanks to going 2-for-14 with RISP, this one was a lot closer than it should have been, but hey, those things happen. The good news is that anytime you have 14 RISP, you know the offense is clicking. The hits will start falling in with RISP sooner or later. Or at least they will if you put the ball in play. And that was the bad news from this game — of those 12 outs with RISP, five were K’s and three of those were on called third strikes. With runners in scoring position seems to me rule number one is put the ball in play, and the other rule number one is don’t go down with the bat on your shoulder!

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