Bartolo Colon has been named the National League Player of the Week on the strength of his seventeen scoreless innings. The 42-year-old pitcher won each of his two starts, allowing 13 hits, striking out 11 while walking only one batter. Impressively, he threw exactly 100 pitches in each outing.
Colon became the oldest player in franchise history to throw a shutout when he stifled the Marlins on Saturday. He also made what might be the play of the year, tossing a ball behind his back to retire Justin Bour. The shutout was the team's first this season.
Colon is in the midst of a 25-inning scoreless streak, which has lowered his ERA from 4.90 to 4.18. Although it has been an up-and-down season, Colon's overall numbers are once again shaping up to be pretty solid. The average National League starting pitcher has a 4.06 ERA this year, which puts Colon just a bit below-average in that regard. And he is on pace to surpass 200 innings for the second straight season.