Stuff like this; major reclamation projects that could be considered half-miracles, always seem to happen in Oakland.
Bartolo Colon was left for dead long ago in the baseball world. A few weeks ago I was laughed at in my H2H fantasy league for using my top waiver spot on the guy. I needed the pitching and I have a feeling that this roll is going to continue all year for Colon.
Now he’s 11-2 with a 2.79 ERA after beating the Cardinals last night in Oakland. He went 8 innings, gave up six hits and walked only one while striking out five.
It’s easy to forget that Colon had 14 wins from the beginning of the 2006 season to the beginning of the 2011 season, and in 2010 he was out of the game completely.
The A’s always find something on the scrap heap that no one else wants and it works out. There’s a lot of teams around baseball that were apparently caught sleeping at the wheel on this one, and who could blame them.
And we thought we had seen Colon at the top of his game.