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(In addition to appearing at The Captain’s Blog, this post is also being syndicated at TheYankeeAnalysts.)

Entering the season, many Yankee fans probably anticipated that Bartolo Colon would have his fair share of blowups. However, after such a strong first half, his effort in the Yankees’ 16-7 loss to the Blue Jays was more than just a little disconcerting. Expectations for Colon have certainly shifted over the course of the year, but now the team has to hope they aren’t about to spring back.

Not only did Colon turn in the shortest outing of his career, but it was only the fourth time since 1919 that a Yankees’ starter surrendered eight or more runs in less than one inning. Over his last two starts, Colon has allowed 13 runs (eight earned) in only 6 1/3 innings, which has to make you wonder if the right hander’s Cinderella story is coming to an end.

Yankees’ Starters Who Have Allowed Eight-Plus Runs in Less than One Inning, Since 1919

Player Date Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB Pit GSc
Orlando Hernandez 6/18/00 CHW L 4-17 0.2 6 9 9 3 49 2
Bartolo Colon 7/14/11 TOR L 7-16 0.2 6 8 3 2 42 16
Andy Hawkins 9/26/89 BOS L 5-9 0.1 5 8 8 3 44 6
Allen Russell 7/5/19 WSH L 5-11 0.2 6 8 3 0 NA  18

Source: baseball-reference.com

Even though Colon’s final line was ugly, he didn’t really pitch that poorly in last night’s game. Included among his six hits allowed were two infield singles, a fly ball lost in the lights, and two seeing-eye grounders that found their way to the outfield. He was also the victim of another Eduardo Nunez error (although, pitching around a Nunez error has become a requirement for Yankee pitchers). With any luck, Colon could have escaped the inning without allowing a run, but as things turned out, he wound up having the earliest shower of his career.

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