This month's Met of the Month pick was actually a very easy one. The New York Mets went 11-17 in the month of June, something that was hard to fathom considering that they got strong performances from a number of players. Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson, and Lucas Duda all delivered strong performances for the Mets in June, but for the second time in three months the Mets' best performer in the month was a pitcher. Bartolo Colon was dominant for the Mets in June and takes home this month's Met of the Month honors.
Colon was brilliant in June, going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts. Colon tossed 42 innings for the Mets during the month, and compiled an outstanding 27:8 strikeout to walk ratio. Colon's ERA could have been even better if his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates wasn't a clunker. Colon compiled a 1.75 ERA over his first five starts in June, and the Mets had a chance to win in each of his starts. The Mets went 4-2 in games Colon started in June, compared to a 7-15 mark in games started by anyone else.
Colon's strong performance also boosted his trade stock, which is an important consideration given that the Mets are falling out of the playoff chase rapidly. MetsBlog.com reports that there is a 50-50 shot that Colon gets dealt before the trade deadline this month, with a lot of teams interested given the price to get him will be cheaper than top trade targets David Price and Jeff Samardzjia. Whether or not Colon ends up getting dealt, his strong performance this month has made things interesting for the Mets going forward.
Previous Mets of the Month:
April: Jonathon Niese
May: David WrightTags: Bartolo Colon, Baseball, June, Met of the Month, MLB, New York, New York Mets