Bartolo Colon smashed a fifth-inning double yesterday as part of a two-hit game. His double raised his isolated power (ISO) on the season to .106, which is well above the average isolated power for a pitcher: .040. Bartolo’s .106 ISO ranks sixth-best among all major league pitchers who have made at least 50 plate appearances this season, behind only Adam Wainwright, Noah Syndergaard, Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner, and Patrick Corbin.
His .106 ISO also ranks ahead of some Mets hitters, including Travis d’Arnaud (.093), Kevin Plawecki (.065), Eric Campbell (.063) and Brandon Nimmo (.051), and isn’t far off from Jay Bruce’s .111 ISO with the Mets and James Loney’s .119 ISO.
Per Statcast, Bartolo’s double left his bat with an exit velocity of 103 miles per hour and a launch angle of 14 degrees. This exit velocity and launch angle combo produces an expected batting average on balls in play (xBABIP) of about .700 based on the outcomes of all previous similar velocity and angle combos. That means that batters who put a ball into play with this type of contact can expect it to fall for a hit about 70% of the time. The expected OPS (xOPS) of this type of contact is about 1.700, as the velocity and angle combo allows it to split the outfield gaps and go to the wall. The batted-ball breakdown is 41% singles, 26% doubles, and 3% triples. With Bartolo running, the expected triple outcome is probably closer to zero.
Bartolo’s double was the 13th-hardest-hit ball by a Mets pitcher all season, with Noah Syndergaard leading the way at 109 mph. It is one of the top 150 hardest-hit line drives by any Mets batter all year, and it’s one of the top 50 hardest-hit line drives by any pitcher in Major League Baseball all season.