OAKLAND, CA - MAY 26: Bartolo Colon #21 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the New York Yankees at O.co Coliseum on May 26, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Bartolo Colon was a huge story for the Yankees last season, showing up as a 38-year-old who started 26 games with a 4.00 ERA. He has a 3.92 ERA this season for the Athletics as a 39-year-old, but it's not a big story anymore. He's an Athletic (snicker) now, not a Yankee, for one. And for two, his production is no longer new.
Colon leads all MLB pitchers in throwing pitches in the strike zone - 53.6% have come in the zone. He has also induced a swinging strike on just 4.2% of his pitches, second fewest in the bigs. So Colon will be pitching at Coors, he tends to throw strikes, and he tends to throw hittable strikes. If ever there was a time to be aggressive, it is tonight.
Jeremy Guthrie has a statement game tonight. While the organization is fine deflecting accountability away from Guthrie, he himself has taken it upon himself to tell fans and reporters that his performance has not been satisfactory. We will see if he can utilize some of that frustration and resolve tonight.