“This is a park you’ve got to make pitches or you’re going to get hurt here,” manager Terry Collins said after the game. “This was one of those nights where he just didn’t have his stuff.”
In six starts this season, Colon is 2-4 with a 5.65 ERA in 36 innings, during which he has struck out 29 batters.
"They have a winning percentage because of their starting pitchers," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before the game (Denver Post, May 2). "The challenge for us is to stick to our offensive approach and make their starters work."
Look, with all due respect to Bartolo, the Rockies have an incredible offense. They lead the NL in runs scored, batting average, on base and power. Oh, and they play in Coors Field. So, it was always going to be a difficult task. That said, Bartolo has been up and down from start to start. In the starts he's been hit, he has seemingly entered the game searching for his release point. His ball has movement and so pitches over the plate are getting clobbered. In his successful starts he's been locked in, repetitive and rhythmic and throwing unhittable darts. I don't know why there's inconsistency, perhaps it's warm up time or something happening in the bullpen before games, but I hope the team is working on it.