Colon hasn’t lost since May 7, and has won his last two starts, despite allowing nine earned runs and 22 hits over 13 innings.
In his last start, he struck out 11 over six innings, allowed five runs and 10 hits but still earned the victory in a 13-6 win at Boston on Saturday.
“I kept telling myself, keep it close, keep it close,’ Colon said through an interpreter. “The way our offense has been playing, three or four runs (down) isn’t that bad. I thank Mike for pushing me.”
The Angels come into this weekend off a series win at Atlanta, taking two of three from the Braves after Dallas McPherson and Chone Figgins each had three hits and drove in two runs in an 8-4 win on Wednesday.
The Mets will counter with left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii, who continues to be erratic in his first year with New York.
Ishii has struggled with his consistency, allowing one earned run in each of two of his last four starts, and a combined 12 in the other two.
In his last start, Ishii was hit hard by San Francisco, allowing 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in a 6-3 loss in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
He’s also had little success against the Angels in his career, going 1-4 with a 9.00 ERA in five career starts.
New York has lost two of three after a 6-3 defeat in 11 innings to Houston on Thursday.
David Wright homered and drove in two runs for the Mets, but the team struck out 13 times and left 11 men on base for the second straight game.