Oakland A's: How Long Can Bartolo Colon Extend His Scoreless Innings Streak?

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IApril 23, 2012

Colon will look to extend his streak against the White Sox.
Colon will look to extend his streak against the White Sox.Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

The Oakland Athletics are set to begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, and they will have their work cut out for them against Jake Peavy.

The A's are not worried, though, because they will be sending an ace of their own to the mound. 

Bartolo Colon will take the mound after his amazing performance against the Texas Rangers, in which he threw 38 straight strikes at one point. Colon is bringing a 3-1 record into the game to go along with a 2.63 ERA and a 19:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Colon's precision and command have been perfect as of late. His ERA would be even lower if not for a bad outing, in which he allowed seven earned runs in his second start of the year. In his first start, Colon only allowed one, and in his last two starts, he has allowed none.

In the midst of a 15-inning streak of not allowing a run, Colon will look to top his career-best streak of 20 innings, which he achieved from Sept. 13-28, 2000 as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

The White Sox (9-6) have a very good team this season, and it won't be easy for Colon to surpass his previous personal best.

It might not be easy, but it is not impossible.

Colon is 10-6 in his career against the White Sox, with a 3.97 ERA. Although he was shelled in his first outing in Oakland this season, Colon is 5-2 in his career and the owner of a 3.30 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and .214 BAA in his new home ballpark. Colon is at the top of his game, and pitching at home is a plus for him. It would not be surprising if he dominates Chicago.

Should the streak continue past Monday night, Colon will attempt to build upon it against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon.