Bartolo Colon aims for 200th career victory

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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).

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.