After shutout, Colon nets NL Player of Week nod
Mets' 42-year-old righty riding 25 consecutive scoreless-innings streak
WASHINGTON -- Bartolo Colon has not only placed himself back in the Mets' playoff picture with his recent renaissance, but he has also earned a spot among the game's best.
Major League Baseball named the 42-year-old Colon its National League Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 6, after he delivered 17 consecutive scoreless innings against the Phillies and Marlins. That included the Mets' first complete game of the season last Saturday in Miami, extending Colon's career-best scoreless-innings streak to 25.
Overall this season, Colon is 13-11 with a 4.18 ERA, that latter number approaching 5.00 as recently as the middle of August. This is his fourth career Player of the Week honor, but his first since 2003 with the White Sox. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Colon also became the oldest pitcher in Mets history to record a shutout, joining Nolan Ryan, Charlie Hough, Jamie Moyer and Dennis Martinez as the only 42-plus pitchers to do so for any franchise since 1989.