A 100 mph-plus line drive back to the midsection would bring down most pitchers. Fortunately for Bartolo Colon, he isn’t most pitchers and boasts a deceptive athletic 5’11,” 285-pound frame that is built to endure anything.
Colon’s all-natural armor proved to be quite useful this afternoon as an 0-1 pitch he delivered to Jean Segura was rocketed right to his belly. Big Sexy was unfazed as the ball simply bounced off him and was thrown to first for an easy out. Just another clip to throw on his highlight reel.
That was 102 mph off the bat according to The Athletic’s Levi Weaver:
As far as actual pitching is concerned, Colon continued to wow as he allowed just 4 hits and no walks in 7.2 innings of shutout ball against the Mariners. He now owns a 2.82 ERA in 58.2 innings pitched this season. Exactly what the Rangers thought they would get when they signed a 44-year-old pitcher to a minor league deal.