Sources: Colon may get Opening Day nod

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

#40 SP
New York Mets

2014 STATS

  • GM31
  • W15

  • L13

  • BB30

  • K151

  • ERA4.09

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Nothing is set in stone, but the Mets are strongly considering Bartolo Colon for the Opening Day start against the Washington Nationals in D.C., multiple sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

The sources added that the Mets have narrowed the choices to Colon and one other pitcher, and that it's too early to decide which will get the assignment.

If it ends up being Colon, he would become -- at 41 years, 317 days old -- the oldest Opening Day starter in the majors since Jamie Moyer (43 years, 136 days) and Randy Johnson (42 years, 205 days) in 2006. He also would become the oldest Mets Opening Day starter ever, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007 (41 years, 7 days).

Colon went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA a season ago. He logged 200 innings for the first time since winning the AL Cy Young in 2005.

Colon has made six career Opening Day starts -- the most recent in 2006 with the Angels.

The Nats have not announced their Opening Day starter, but it may very well be debuting Max Scherzer.