As of late, both have failed to live up to those expectations.
Sabathia and Colon will square off when the Indians and Angels conclude a four-game series in Anaheim.
Sabathia, who opened the year 2-1 with a 2.03 ERA in his first seven starts, is winless in his last three outings, surrendering 15 runs and 26 hits over 19 2-3 innings. On Tuesday, the left-hander did not receive a decision in Cleveland’s 6-5 loss to Texas, after allowing five runs and six hits over five innings.
“Looking up there and seeing no wins makes me think I’m pressing a little,” Sabathia said. “I have to throw and attack guys.”
Colon, signed to a four-year, $51 million deal this past offseason, got off to a strong start, winning four of his first six decisions for the Angels. However, the hard-throwing right-hander has been very hittable since, going winless in his last four outings while yielding at least four runs in each start.
On Tuesday, Colon was reached for four runs and eight hits, lasting only four innings in Anaheim’s 7-6 win over Boston.
“Bartolo will have to do better than four innings,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He needs to be more aggressive, establish his fastball. He may just be trying to do too much.”
After dropping the series opener, the Indians have taken two straight from the Angels, including Saturday’s 3-2 victory. Coco Crisp homered and Casey Blake hit a go-ahead, two-run double for Cleveland, which has won six of its last nine games.
Chone Figgins homered for the Angels, who have lost seven of 11.