Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hilariously told an opponent he was going to strike out on purpose because he didn’t want to swing the bat

Bartolo Colon appeared uninterested at the plate.

New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon is having another solid season on the mound, and he even reached a career milestone this year when he hit his first home run.

But during the Mets’ 7-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night, Colon did not have another home run on his mind.

Quite the opposite, in fact. Colon went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts during two plate appearances on Monday, and he said after the game that his strikeouts were predetermined – he even told the opposing catcher ahead of time. According to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press, Colon’s back was bothering him, so going for a hit wasn’t worthwhile.

At the plate, Colon did his best to not contribute to [Gio] Gonzalez’s rough night, telling catcher Wilson Ramos he wasn’t going to swing.

“I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, not worth making my back worse, so I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it right down the middle, I’m not swinging,'” Colon said through a translator. “After that first at-bat and they threw me that changeup, I was like: ‘No, I promise you. Throw it right down the middle. I am not going to swing.'”

The specific at-bat seems to have come during the sixth inning, when Colon looked uninterested in swinging at the ball.

Colon did handle his business on the mound, however, picking up a win after allowing five hits and one run with two strikeouts over seven innings.