A few hours after being named to his eighth and final All-Star team, Chipper Jones did something he hasn’t done in 10 years: collect five hits in a game.
Jones went 5-for-5 for the first time since 2002 and drove in four runs as the Braves beat the Cubs 10-3 on Tuesday night.
It was just the third career five-hit game for the future Hall of Famer. He went 5-for-5 on April 27, 2001 against the Diamondbacks and again on Aug. 11, 2002 against the Astros.
Jones’ big night came at the expense of Chris Volstad, who returned after six weeks in Triple-A to fall to 0-7 on the season. He’s now gone 20 straight starts without a win, which is the longest such streak since Jo-Jo Reyes made 28 starts in a row.
With the big game, Chipper raised his average from .291 to .313. He’s hit in 10 straight games.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.