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Bartolo Colon to start on short rest on Saturday for Mets

The 43-year-old was great against the Cardinals and will come back on three days’ rest.

St Louis Cardinals v New York Mets - Game Two Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

After a great outing against the Cardinals in the second game of the Mets’ doubleheader on Tuesday, Bartolo Colon will start again on short rest as the Mets host the Rockies on Saturday night. When the team’s Monday night game was rained out, it seemed likely that the team would need a spot starter.

Colon, who is 43 years old, is in the midst of his best season since joining the Mets for the 2014 season. Over the course of twenty starts and 115.2 innings this season, he has a 3.35 ERA and 4.18 FIP with 6.07 strikeouts and 1.63 walks per nine innings. And in seven innings on Tuesday night, he gave up one run and threw just 87 pitches.

With Colon starting on Saturday, the Mets’ rotation is set for the next full turn. Logan Verrett gets the start in the series finale against the Cardinals on Wednesday night, Jacob deGrom starts on Thursday afternoon to begin a four-game series against the Rockies, Steven Matz follows him on Friday, Colon pitches on Saturday, and Noah Syndergaard wraps up the Colorado series on Sunday.