Despite losing Wednesday night, Bartolo Colon deserves a spot in the Mets’ playoff rotation, ahead of Jon Niese and Steven Matz. Colon gave up three runs in 5.2 innings (one out shy of a quality start), this after four stellar starts.
Even so, he’s been far superior recently over Niese, and Matz has only made four career starts. Regardless of Colon’s record outside the NL East, I trust him him more in a crucial start over the other two.
Of the three, Colon has been the best, which means screwing around with him is a bad idea.
In the interim, the Mets’ bullpen remains a question, with the lack of a left-handed reliever again an issue. It’s the seventh inning and Adrian Gonzalez is up in a critical situation and the Mets need a strikeout. Who would be the best choice to come out of the bullpen to get it?
Of the three, Matz is the one who throws consistently in the mid-90s and has the best chance of blowing away a hitter. I don’t know if Colon or Nlese has the ability to get ready quickly to enter a game.
Does Matz? I’m not sure of that either, but he’s the youngest and probably has the best chance of doing so.
To me, it’s ridiculous the Mets haven’t tried Matz out of the bullpen. The only viable reason for not doing so is because they aren’t sure they’ll have Matt Harvey for the playoffs and are thinking of Matz as his replacement.
This dilemma points us once again to the Mets not having a plan for Harvey as an issue.
At the trade deadline manager Terry Collins decreed, “if you don’t hit, you sit.” The same should apply to pitching. Colon has pitched well; he deserves to pitch in the playoff rotation.
Someday, Matz might be a playoff starter for the Mets, but this shouldn’t be the year. Colon has 14 victories, tied for the club lead. This should be his time to start.