In 19 years of pitching in the Major Leagues, Bartolo Colon has 228 wins. During his career, the pitcher has defeated every team in baseball but one.
Colon will have another chance to complete that big league circuit and be just the 18th pitcher to earn a victory over all 30 current MLB teams when he and his Mets visit the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday to open a series of three games.
Arizona is the only club that remains elusive from the win column of Colon. The right-hander, who is 43 years, pitched well versus the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, but did not earn a decision as New York lost to Arizona at home 3-2.
In three starts during his career versus Arizona, which are the fewest number of appearances he has faced any team, Colon is just 0-1 with an ERA of 3.20. The rematch for Colon with the Diamondbacks is only one of a number of intriguing games in baseball on Monday.
In addition, Ryan Vogelsong will return to pitch against San Francisco for his new club the Pittsburgh Pirates and Felix Hernandez for Seattle will pitch against the Los Angeles Angels.
The last time the Mets played the D-backs less than seven days ago, Arizona swept the Mets. However, the Mets came back to beat San Diego in two of three games over the weekend to continue their push toward a National League wildcard spot.
Robbie Ray will oppose Colon on the mound for the D-backs. The two face off last Wednesday with the D-backs winning in extra innings. Both of the starters pitched dominant baseball with Ray shutting out the Mets over seven innings. Colon gave up a single run over his seven innings and struck out 8 D-backs.
Ray has fared well on the road, while his stats pitching at home are not quite as good. He has an ERA of 5.43 at home compared to a career mark of 3.56 in games started on the road.
The Mets are 59-58 on the season and trail the first place Washington Nationals in the NL East by 10 ½ games. New York also trails the St. Louis Cardinals by 2 ½ games for the second and final wildcard berth the NL.
Arizona is 48-69 on the season and 18 games behind the first place San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Diamondback for all intents and purposes are not in the playoff hunt for a division title or wildcard spot.