Bartolo Colon Zones In
In the Athletics 6-0 win over the Angels yesterday, starting pitcher Bartolo Colon threw 108 pitches, 82 for strikes. Beginning with Maicer Izturis' 5th inning at bat, Colon recorded 38 straight strikes. Here's a look at the heat map for his outing:
Colon threw nearly all fastballs (93 of 108), using his changeup and slider sparingly. However, three of his five strikeouts came on his offspeed pitches; two from his slider and one from his change.
Colon lives around the strike zone. His 66.8% strike rate in 2011 was 11th best in the league. Angels hitters also helped Bartolo out a bit by swinging at 35.9% of his pitches out of the strike zone yesterday.