He’s 37 and didn’t pitch last year. But Bartolo Colon isn’t washed up.
The hefty right-hander has been one of the biggest surprises of the season going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.09 WHIP for the New York Yankees.
The 5-foot-11, 265-pounder from the Dominican Republic is slated to start for the Yankees when they meet the Rangers on Saturday in the second of a three-game series in Texas. Game time is 5:05 p.m. (PT).
Colon has fanned 33 in 33 innings. He was impressive again in his last start this past Monday as the Yankees defeated Detroit, 5-3, as 125 road ‘dogs against Justin Verlander.
Colon went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits to go along with seven strikeouts. He didn’t factor in the decision. The combined eight runs pushed on the eight-run total.
Colon last pitched in the big leagues two years ago when he went 3-6 for the Chicago White Sox with a 4.19 ERA. He was tagged for 13 homers in 62 1/3 innings.
In his career against Texas, Colon is 15-5 with a 3.72 ERA.
The Yankees are leading the tough American League East. However, they entered this series just 5-6 on the road. Texas had won 11 of its first 16 homes games.
New York shortstop Derek Jeter is dealing with an ailing right hip. Texas right fielder Nelson Cruz has been battling a right quadriceps injury.
The Rangers entered the series hoping to get back closer Neftali Feliz, who has been on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation.
Texas is battling the Los Angeles Angels for first place in the American League West. The Rangers came into this series having dropped six of eight on a recent West Coast road trip to Oakland and Seattle.
The Rangers are hoping southpaw Derek Holland can tame the powerful Yankee bats. The Yankees rank No. 1 in homers and are fifth in runs scored.
New York was 3-3 in its first six games facing a left-handed starter. One of those victories occurred against Holland on April 16.
The Yankees defeated Holland, 5-2, as 120 home favorites behind Freddy Garcia. Holland gave up five runs in 7 2/3 innings. Lifetime versus the Yankees, Holland is 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in 20 innings.
New York is the only team to beat Holland. The 24-year-old is 3-1 with a 4.66 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Holland yielded only two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings during his past outing last Monday in a 5-4 loss to Oakland. Holland didn’t get a decision laying 105 on the road against Brandon McCarthy.
The combined nine runs went ‘over’ the eight-run total.
Prior to that game, Holland had surrendered five runs in each of his previous three starts.
The Yankees won two of three from the Rangers at home in mid-April, but came into this year having lost five of the past six times in Texas.
The ‘over’ has cashed in five of Texas’ last six games through this past Thursday. The Yankees were on an 8-1-3 ‘under’ run entering the series.
Temperatures for the matchup are forecast to be in the 80s with just a five percent chance of rain. It should be an excellent night for hitters as the wind projections call for 18 mph winds blowing out.
The ‘over’ has cashed in 10 of the Rangers’ first 16 games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Following this series, which concludes on Sunday, the Yankees return home for a six-game homestand against Kansas City and Boston starting on Tuesday with the Royals. The Rangers host a three-game series with Oakland beginning on Monday.