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Carroll’s Cuisine: Bring Bartolo Colón Back

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Flushing, NY – Going into the 2016 season, veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon was considered an afterthought in the minds of both Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and the team’s fans and that was understandable.

The Mets had four young studs in their starting rotation: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz. As if that weren’t enough, Zack Wheeler, who has always been held in high esteem by the Mets, was slated to return from Tommy John surgery right after the All-Star Game.

Colon turned 43 this past May, an ancient age for any baseball player especially pitchers. Only those gimmicky knuckleball pitchers as the late Hoyt Wilhelm or soft tossers such as Jamie Moyer were able to be effective at Colon’s age and he still can throw gas.

Mets fans are all painfully aware of how their team’s vaunted pitching staff was decimated with injuries in 2016. Matt Harvey was lost to season-ending surgery in June; Zack Wheeler felt discomfort in his shoulder and has been shelved until next year: and last Saturday it was announced that Jacob deGrom, who had been mediocre this year, would have elbow surgery and would be shut down immediately.

In addition, Steven Matz has missed numerous starts and even Noah Syndergaard, who has lived up to billing this year, experienced “dead arm” issues and had to miss the All-Star Game.

Like Old Man River however, Bartolo Colon keeps rolling on. Last Friday night Colon was masterful in beating the Twins which raised his 2016 record to 14-7. He has stated that he would like to return to the Mets next year. Frankly, he deserves a multi-year deal.

Rookie and Bronx native TJ Rivera has done an admirable job filling in for both David Wright and Neil Walker who are among the many Mets lost for the season with injuries. Rivera, grew up in the southeast section of the Bronx that is ether spelled Throgs Neck or Throggs Neck. “Sometimes I spell it with a third “g!”” Rivera joked to me.

The Phillies come into Citi Field for four games starting Thursday evening and then host the Mets for three games next weekend. The Phils are rebuilding and have a number of exciting young players who will be going all out to play spoiler at the Mets’ expense.

The short-run economic reality is that Phillies management, in a storyline that would seem to come right out of Mel Brooks’ classic show, “The Producers,” would be better off if the Mets prevail in every game. Citizens Bank Park is roughly 100 miles southwest of Citi Field.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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