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Has Bartolo Colon made his last start for the Atlanta Braves?


Bartolo Colon allowed eight earned runs against the Phillies last night. That brings his ERA to 7.78 in 12 starts this year. That is, by far, the worst mark in the majors.

The Braves brought him in to provide some innings and stability for a rebuilding club — a sturdy veteran who can save the bullpen once a week as younger starters ramp up their workloads — but he’s doing the exact opposite, failing to complete five innings in three of his last four starts and five starts overall. In short, the $12.5 million one-year contract the Braves gave him is proving to be a disaster.

According to manager Brian Snitker, it may be a disaster that is about to end. From the AJC:

“We’re going think about it going forward,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, who for the first time wouldn’t say the plan was for Colon to make his next start. “Haven’t made a decision yet about the next one. We’ll just see.”

If Colon isn’t starting he could become a long reliever, but it’s not a role he’s done much of in his career. It’s also not something a guy who is getting lit up like he is can effectively do, as mop up men have to, you know, mop up. It’s possible that the Braves could just release him.

As noted in the article, Friday night is Bartolo Colon bobblehead night in Atlanta, so you figure he’ll last that long. But it’s possible he’s made his last start for the Braves.

Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

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Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.