Bartolo Colon throws 38 straight strikes, most since 1988

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Bartolo Colon put together an amazing run of consistency on Wednesday night, throwing 38 consecutive pitches for strikes in a 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The streak lasted from the second pitch of the fifth inning until the seventh pitch of the eighth inning and included both foul balls and balls that were put into play. Colon, who is coincidentally 38 years old, struck out two batters and allowed hits to another two Angels during the stretch.

If you require more proof of this feat, has a four-minute clip featuring all 38 of Colon's pitches.

Also, if you're wondering if this is some sort of record, the answer is that it's unclear. Pitch data was never as immaculately recorded as it is now, but Colon's streak is believed to be the longest since at least 1988. The previous "record" was held by Tim Wakefield, who threw 30 straight strikes in 1998 (which is maybe even more amazing considering he had to locate a knuckleball).

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Colon's accurate night not only moved him to 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA on the season, but it provided a great endorsement of the rejuvenating stem cell treatment he received in 2011 and a validation of Billy Beane's decision to sign him to a one-year deal worth $2 million in the offseason. Teammate Jonny Gomes said he was amazed at Colon's consistency, telling Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that "you can't get 38 [straight] strikes out of a pitching machine."

But for his part, Colon said he had no idea that he went so long without throwing a ball:

''I felt like I threw a lot of strikes, but I never thought I threw 38 in a row. I didn't know anything about it until I came in here,'' Colon said to reporters through a translator. ''The two-seamer was the most consistent pitch that I had."

Colon ended up throwing a total of 108 pitches over his eight innings, 82 of them for strikes. He didn't walk a single batter and has issued only two free passes in his four starts this season. All of which means only one or two more starts until Yankees fans start wondering why they let Colon get away for a measly $2 million.

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