Abreu, Colon lead Mets past Pads in opener
June, 14, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- Bobby Abreu has now started three straight games in right field. And Terry Collins is going to have a hard time keeping the 40-year-old Abreu out of the lineup, even though the manager knows overuse can wear down the veteran and make him particularly susceptible to a leg injury.
"I talked to Bobby today about being honest with me," Collins said after Abreu went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Mets' 6-2 win against the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Citi Field. "If his legs start getting tired or a little run down, he's got to say something, because I know that leg injuries -- if they come to him -- they're going to be an issue. He told me he'd be honest if he started to get tired, or if his legs started getting a little run down he'd say something."
Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsBartolo Colon retired 18 straight Padres batters at one point Friday.
Abreu, who batted cleanup for the first time this season, and fellow 40-something Bartolo Colon proved Friday's stars. Colon retired 18 straight batters after surrendering a two-run homer to Rene Rivera in the second inning. He limited the Padres to two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven in 7 1/3 innings.
"I got a little mad," Colon said through an interpreter about the motivation provided by Rivera's homer. "I was meaning to throw that pitch outside and it was thrown in a little too much. So that really got me fired up."
Said catcher Taylor Teagarden: "The first couple of innings his fastball was just a little up. He just made an adjustment, kept the ball down and started mixing his slider and cleaned up his arm slot a little bit. After that it was smooth sailing. He was able to throw his sinker to both sides of the plate, really establish his four-seam fastball -- kind of elevating it on guys and throwing it over their barrels -- and kept them off-balance."