PHILLIES FALL UNDER THE SPELL OF 42-YEAR-OLD BARTOLO COLON

By Sam Bush

The Phillies were feeling their age last night at Citi Field.

Their collective young age, that is.

Forty-two-year-old Bartolo Colon (above right) might be a man without a role if the Mets reach the playoffs, but he could give team brass something to consider if he continues his recent momentum deep into September.

The veteran right-hander extended his scoreless streak to a season-high 16 innings with a gem Monday that carried the Mets to a 3-1 victory over the Phillies at Citi Field.

The Mets, who have a 6 ¹/₂-game lead over the Nationals in the NL East, have plenty of rotation options should they reach the postseason, starting with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard, with Steven Matz on the way and Jon Niese possibly in the mix, leaving the 42-year-old Colon as maybe a bullpen option. Colon made a cameo in relief on Saturday and threw a scoreless inning against the Red Sox.

“I feel really good and no matter what the decision would be, I’m here to pitch and that’s nothing I can control,” Colon said. “It’s up to them, but I’m here to pitch and I can pitch anywhere they need me.”

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