Colon, who retired the first 14 batters in order, surrendered three singles in a span of 10 pitches before being pulled from the game.
"Colon was tremendous up until the seventh," manager Terry Collins said. "He was outstanding."
Colon, 42, threw just 32 pitches through four innings. However, he threw 21 pitches in the sixth inning to escape a two-on, one-out jam. And, in the seventh, he allowed back-to-back singles to A.J. Pierzynski and Andrelton Simmons, and left after Cameron Maybin singled to right.
“I didn’t see many good swings the entire night,” Collins said. “Just all of a sudden he gave up some hits."
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
Colon did the same thing in the sixth and seventh as he was doing the previous innings. The difference is that the Braves got balls to get through for hits, instead of weak outs. It added up, then Freeman rocked Reed. Done. And, that's life with Bartolo. He's equal parts precision and luck. And, the more one dips, the more opponents end up on base.
As I said the other week, 12 of his 14 wins are against the Braves, Marlins and Phillies, who will not be in the playoffs. He’s just 2-10 against everyone else. He got clobbered twice against the Cardinals, though he pitched mostly well against the Dodgers and Cubs. This simply means the Mets must be very smart about how they handle Bartolo on the playoff roster, especially since he's a big personality, a leader and a calming influence in the clubhouse. I still think he’ll be the last guy on the roster to be a long-man, emergency starting pitcher, since every postseason has a guy for that role. Otherwise, he’s either in straight relief or watching at home, because I don't see him getting a start.