Bartolo Colon, still a Met after frequently being mentioned in trade talks leading up to Thursday’s deadline, will go for his 200th career win when he faces the Giants and Madison Bumgarner on Sunday.
Whether it comes today or next week, Colon should become the third active pitcher at 200, joining Tim Hudson (213) and CC Sabathia (208). Mark Buehrle is right behind him at 197 after beating Boston last time out (snapping a nine-start winless streak).
After those two, it’ll be a while before anyone gets to 200. A.J. Burnett is next at 153 wins, but he’s not going to stick around long enough. Justin Verlander, at 147, should be next in line. John Lackey (149), Cliff Lee (143) and Kyle Lohse (140) might get there someday, but several of the game’s elite pitchers (Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright, Jon Lester) are still in the 110-120 range right now.
Colon will also be the third Dominican-born pitcher to get to 200 wins, joining Hall of Famer Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219).
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: