The Braves (1-1) won their second game today in extra innings behind a great start from Bartolo. Here are some fun facts:
– At the height of his velocity in the year 2000 pitching for the Indians, Colon had 10.6 Ks per 9 innings, and 4.7 BBs per 9 innings. Two years ago, as he focused more on control, his numbers were 6.3 Ks per 9 innings, and 1.1 BBs per 9 innings. He has lead the National League the last two seasons in lowest walks per 9 innings.
– He has been in the top 10 in WAR for pitchers in his league 7 times, and has the 7th highest active career WAR (49.5).
– Colon was an all-star in 1998, and he was an all-star for the fourth time 18 years later in 2016.
– Only CC Sabathia has more active career strikeouts than Bartolo.
– Colon has given up 379 home runs in his career, most among active players and 19th all time.
– Bartolo was the 9th oldest player, four years ago. As of this year, he is the oldest player in the majors.