Bartolo Colon is the biggest pickup of 2011, hands down. Bartolo Colon is going to the All-Star game, no doubt. Bartolo Colon is a New York Yankees ace and he's here to stay. Today in Oakland, Bartolo Colon pitched a complete game, gave up 4 hits and allowed no runs. That's a shutout bitches. For a guy the Yanks literally grabbed as a cheap alternative to Cliff Lee this past winter, I'd say they're doing OK, don't you?. The best nugget about Colon comes from the Wall Street Journal's wrap up of today's game. Check out this great stat:
"Lee has a 4-4 record and a 3.50 ERA for the Phillies. Colon, after pitching a complete game, four-hit, no-walk masterpiece against the Oakland A's Monday, has a 3-3 record and a 3.26 ERA." (Photo: AP)
Colon's the story of the day, although you need to give some credit to Mark Teixeira who drank the Granderson potion because now he's hot as hell. Two run homer in the first inning and it clearly relaxed Colon and let him settle in for the long hall. I'm digging it.(Photo: Getty)
By the way, I haven't talked about this much because everyone is, but it's worth mentioning. Don't look now but Derek Jeter is 19 hits away from 3000 hits. That's an incredible feat and you have to tip your hat to the Captain. I wrote about how important this achievement is for Jeter and he really needs to enjoy the moment when it happens. Read WHY 3000 COMES BEFORE 28. Anyway, Jeet had a nice hit in the first inning before Tex's homer, and he's batting .259. Not a Jeter average but I see that going up to about .285 this season. Don't worry, the Cap may be slowing, but he's still hitting.
Other notes from today's game are that Russell Martin was scratched because of a bruised foot. Cervelli filled in and had a hit. He also stole 2 bases. Nice job Francisco.
Brett Gardner was all about speed today, stealing second and third after walking and then scored on Jeter's sacrifice fly. He literally manufactured the fourth run of the game. Got to love that.
Final Score: Yankees 5 - Athletics 0. Great game today. 2 in a row now and the Yankees can really make a run for a winning streak with a positive, confident win like today. Let's hope we can keep going.
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