A's call on AL Pitcher of the Month to solve Cubs
Bartolo Colon has just two losses to go with his 2.79 ERA over 16 starts this season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
A's starter Bartolo Colon was named American League Pitcher of the Month for June, MLB announced Wednesday.
Colon, 40, went a perfect 5-0 in five starts last month, boasting an ERA of 1.75.
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The 16-year veteran's hot streak also made him the first pitcher in MLB history to have won the first seven starts of his 40s. The last time Colon had 11 wins at the statistical half-way point in the season was in 2005, when he won the Cy Young Award with the Angels.
Colon is unquestionably deserving of his third career All-Star selection this year. He is tied for the second most wins in the majors with 11, and has just two losses to go with his 2.79 ERA over 16 starts. He even has a chance to start for the American League All-Stars. The Tigers' Max Scherzer poses his biggest competition with a still-perfect 12-0 record, 3.10 ERA and 131 strikeouts.
Colon, who starts for the A's Wednesday against the Cubs, appears to be in line for two additional starts before the All-Star break, one each against the Pirates and Red Sox.