Red Sox-Athletics Preview
The 40-year-old Bartolo Colon has been sensational in his 16th
big league campaign.
He appears to be just as surprised as the rest of us.
Colon caps off a remarkable first half Sunday as the Oakland
Athletics conclude a three-game set against the visiting Boston Red
Sox in a matchup of division leaders.
Colon (12-3, 2.69 ERA) has been especially good over his last 10
starts, going 9-1 with a 1.48 ERA to climb within one win of tying
Matt Moore and Max Scherzer for the most in the majors. He received
his third All-Star nod, with the previous two coming in 1998 and
“I’ve never had a year like this,” Colon, who also won the AL Cy
Young Award in 2005, told MLB’s official website. “I believe this
year is my best year. It was always in my thoughts, but I never
imagined having the kind of numbers that I do right now before the
Third in the AL in ERA, Colon outpitched fellow All-Star Jeff
Locke in Monday’s 2-1 win at Pittsburgh. The right-hander allowed
one run and seven hits in seven innings.
“He probably has one of the best personalities I’ve ever played
with,” center fielder Coco Crisp said. “He just goes about his day
and does the best he can and doesn’t let too many things bother
him. He’s been doing good for us the whole year and is fun to play
Colon, Oakland’s lone All-Star representative, still has a
chance to pitch in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic despite starting
“As an organization, based on his age and where we are with him
and how much we lean on him, that we would like him to get the time
off,” manager Bob Melvin said. “Pitching on Sunday, you look at it
and say, ‘Is that prudent?’ But we’ll leave it up to him. It’s his
Colon went the distance in a rain-shortened 13-0 win at Boston
on April 23, striking out seven over seven innings of three-hit
ball. He is 1-1 with a 1.90 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox
Colon has had David Ortiz’s number over the years, holding him
to six hits in 46 at-bats (.130) in their matchups. Dustin Pedroia
(2 for 13) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2 for 9) also have struggled.
After taking Friday’s opener 4-2, the Red Sox (58-38) saw their
four-game winning streak snapped Saturday with a 3-0 defeat. They
couldn’t come through against A.J. Griffin, who threw eight innings
before Grant Balfour recorded his team-record 43rd consecutive
“I just tried to act like number 40 in situations like that,”
said Griffin, who worked his way out of a pair of two-on, two-out
jams. “That’s something I’ve learned a lot just watching Bartolo
Oakland (55-39), which is a major league-best 19-5 at home since
May 17, has 55 victories before the All-Star break for the first
time since 1975.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, give the ball to Brandon Workman (0-0,
13.50) for his first major league start. The right-hander
surrendered three runs in two innings of relief in his big league
debut Wednesday in an 11-4 win at Seattle.
Workman went 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA in six starts with Triple-A
Pawtucket before getting called up Tuesday.
“We know he’s going to throw strikes, that’s the one thing he’s
proven over his minor league career,” manager John Farrell said of
Workman, Boston’s minor league pitcher of the year last season.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him in the starter’s role.”