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Bartolo Colon threw 38 straight strikes at one point last night

Apr 19, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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We noted in ATH that Bartolo Colon flummoxed the Angels last night.  But it wasn’t with slight of hand and trickery. Nope: he just pounded the strike zone to within an inch of its life.

Here, in video form, is Bartolo Colon throwing 38 straight strikes.

Overall he threw 108 pitches, 82 of them for strikes. It’s been years since the man has been in his prime, but this is proof positive that one need not be at the top of one’s form in order to have success as a major league pitcher. One must merely throw strikes.

  1. RedHeadedBastard - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Geez Craig, what’s with all of these baseball posts on your blog?

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      He’s just f*cking with the humorless hard@sses.

      • RedHeadedBastard - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Really?

  2. leerosenthall - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Amazing feat. Did anybody figure out if it was any kind of record?

    • ajcardsfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Would be interesting to find out, I can’t find anything other than strikeout records.

      • phukyouk - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        from MLB.com
        “And since at least 1988, it’s the longest stretch recorded, as Tim Wakefield is the next closest with 30 in 1998.”

      • Jeremy Fox - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        Tim Wakefield?! Is it April 1? Is MLB.com pulling our legs? I mean, I love me some Tim Wakefield, but…Tim Wakefield?! Not Maddux or Halladay or Lee? A knuckleballer?

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        I share the surprise about Wakefield throwing 30 straight strikes. That would be a helluva thing to see.

  3. phukyouk - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    is it too late to swap him for Garcia?

  4. randygnyc - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Colon is a cool guy too. Last year my 10 year old daughter and I took in a Yankees/twins game while visiting Minneapolis. During the game, a ground ball was fielded by jeter, thrown to first, then around the horn, then tossed towards the Yankees dugout. Colon left the dugout to get the ball, then went out of his way to point out my daughter and tossed her the ball. She’s got it in a Baggie with a post it on all the players who handled the ball (CC, jeter, cano, arod, tex and colon)

  5. bigleagues - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Throwing Strikes is the easy part.

    It’s having the mental nuts to do so against major league hitters that’s the hard part.

    And to pound the strike zone like Colon (and Cliff Lee) did last night, you MUST have a consistent release point, vary speeds and disrupt batter timing.

    • bigharold - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      “It’s having the mental nuts to do so against major league hitters that’s the hard part.”

      Not for Colon. I rememer him giving up three HRs to A-Rod in a single game once when he was still with the Angels. He was having a decent enough game against everybody else but A-Rod was locked in and Colon would not back off.

      I was none too happy when the Yankees signed him last year but frankly he was a major asset in the rotation, .. especially the first part of the year. I was pretty happy to eat crow on that one.

      Say whatever you will about him, .. Colon throws the ball over the plate, .. knows how to pitch and will absolutely come after a hitter. I hope he has a great year except when he’s facing the Yankees.

  6. raidernation831 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    That was awesome! Not bad for a young team, beating the mighty Angels, and for an old pitcher.

    Cespedes is fun to watch!!!!

    Go A’s.

    • chuckj1234 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Mighty Angels? They are in last place.

  7. aceshigh11 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    A Colon Blow-out, as it were?

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      I’m pretty sure that’s how the A’s felt…

      • Francisco (FC) - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        No, count to think of it that’s how the ANGELS felt…

  8. genericcommenter - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Like they say, you can never have too much pitching. Yankees should have re-signed him to be their 8th starter.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Ginger ale met iPad via nose because of that comment…most painful laugh ever

  9. Joe - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    And it looks like he got hosed on #39. Can’t tell if it was off the plate from the video, but it went straight into the catcher’s mitt.

  10. dexterismyhero - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    The new MLB Fragrance——-Bartolo Colgne——

  11. rob0527 - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Having another good first half of season. Let’s see what happens after the break.

    • bigharold - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      He’s older so I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some fall off. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t either. Remember that the winter of 2010-11 he pitched in the Caribbean league. It was one of the reasons he as so sharp at the beginning and one of the reasons he faded.

      If he got his full complement of rest this off season, he might do just fine the second half.

  12. pisano - Apr 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    The A’s better get all they can out of him now, because he melts like butter from August on.

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