Poll Results: Bartolo Colon Is The Biggest SurprisePosted: May 2, 2011
So the results are in and the fans have voted that out of the four low-key off-season acquisitions that the Yankees made this off-season that Bartolo Colon has been the biggest surprise. This isn’t to say that Russell Martin, Freddy Garcia, and Eric Chavez haven’t been great surprises because they have, but Colon is just the biggest. In 2009 with the White Sox, Colon pitched to a 4.19 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and a 5.70 FIP and had a K/BB ratio of 1.81. He then didn’t pitch at all in the MLB during the 2010 season. This year, however, he looks rejuvenated. He has a 2.77 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, a 2.79 FIP, and a 4.33 K/BB ratio. To me, the fact that he striking out so many more people than he is walking is the biggest key. He is working very economically and throwing a lot of quality strikes and perhaps the biggest surprise is the radar gun readings. He is hitting 94 consistently and is even touching 97.
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