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Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, David Einhorn, Jose Reyes and Paul O'Neill

Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee are both pitchers for New York teams, and they're both off to stunning starts to the season. Neither one began the 2011 season as part of his team's starting rotation.

Besides that? Not much in common.

A former Cy Young Award winner Colon pitched a shutout against the A's in Oakland, and as you can see from the PitchFX breakdown, Colon, 38, relied very heavily on his fastball: 52 four-seamers, 34 two-seamers, 11 sliders and six changeups.

If not for Colon's excellence, the Yankees might reside in third place in the AL East right now, rather than the division penthouse (a game ahead of  Boston in the loss column). Colon's Wins Above Replacement count, after all, is 1.3.

An unheralded, 21st-round pick in the 2007 amateur draft, Gee raised his record to 5-0, striking out eight, to help the Mets defeat the Pirates. Gee, 25, relied most of all on his sinker and changeup, with his four-seamer his third most prominent pitch.

Gee hasn't been anywhere as good as Colon, yet he has come through huge for the Mets after the Chris Young experiment concluded earlier than even most optimists anticipated.

So whose start to the season is more stunning? I'm going with Colon, because a) to be clear, he is pitching better than Gee, against the tougher competition; and b) Gee at least had youth on his side. Colon hasn't pitched like this since (2005).

Who's more likely to keep this up? Gosh, I guess I'll say Colon, just because of all the bats he's missing. Even though part of me still thinks that he'll be on the disabled list sooner than later.

--David Lennon wrote about hopeful Mets minority owner David Einhorn, who made his second visit to Citi Field in three days. I heard over the weekend that the term for Einhorn to get the opportunity to take over controlling interest of the Mets was more in the 5-to-8-year range than three years. We'll see if we'll get more clarity in the coming weeks.

Whatever the term, however, it's hard to envision the Wilpons and Saul Katz being in position to fend off Einhorn when the day of reckoning arrives. No matter how good a job Sandy Alderson and his lieutenants do at the baseball operations level.

--Funny story by Neil Best, who (with Jim Baumbach's help) tracked down some poker players who went against Einhorn. The Watchdog also spoke with Paul O'Neill, who is working more on YES this year. 

--Jose Reyes is missing a few days to be with his family, in the wake of his grandmother's death.

 --Ivan Nova's leash is short, Joe Girardi made pretty clear. And by making it clear, Girardi obviously hoping to send Nova a wakeup call for his next start. We'll see if it works.

--Let's do a contest later today.

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