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).
Our old friend Joe Posnanski tackles a venerable topic over at MLB.com: guys you totally forgot played for a given team. Mostly superstars who had brief stops at non-signature stations at the end of their careers. Or guys, like Mike Piazza and Reggie Jackson, who were with a team for a blink of an eye in between more famous way stations.
We’ve all had this conversation before: remember Willie Mays with the Mets? Doc Gooden with the Astros? John Smoltz with the Cardinals? Heck, I had forgotten about Smoltz with the Cardinals and he was a star on my favorite team once upon a time.
Posnanski calls them “Irony Jerseys.” That’s pretty appropriate, as one can totally imagine someone buying, say, that Dale Murphy Rockies jersey in the name of obscurity. Whatever you call it, it’s a good read.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get my Ted Simmons Braves jersey for a party at some place uptown that you’ve probably never heard of.
The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.
Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.
O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.