If you missed the A’s game last night because you were too busy watching the masterpiece of a pitching duel between Matt Cain and Cliff Lee, I don’t blame you. That was an amazing game, but you missed out on an equally impressive night from A’s starter Bartolo Colon.
In fact, if you missed it you should take a couple minutes and go and watch the condensed game, don’t worry I’ll wait.
Colon was remarkable on the night, throwing 108 pitches. 82 went for strikes, with a streak from the 5th inning to the 8th inning where he threw 38 straight strikes. That’s the longest such streak since MLB started keeping records of such things, beating out the 30 in a row Tim Wakefield threw in 1998 which is pretty amazing.
Here is the pitch fx plot for those innings where you can see that even with the pitches that missed after the streak ended he still wasn’t missing by much.
Colon used his two different fastballs masterfully in his eight innings of work, striking out 5, walking none and scattering 4 hits and allowing just one runner to reach second base (and that came with one out in the eighth inning). In his three starts Colon has already accumulated 1 fWAR which already makes him a great bargain at the $2 million the A’s signed him for in the off-season.
It looks like Billy Beane may still know how to find a good deal.