When it comes to Bartolo Colon the surprise, Mark Teixeira said, is when he doesn't pitch well.
"It's like a surprise when he gives up hits because he's just been throwing the ball so well,” Teixeira said.
Colon came in 2-3 with a 3.77 ERA, without a victory since April 27. He was 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA in the month of May, which included his previous start that was his worst of the season – May 23 against the Blue Jays when he allowed a season-high six runs.
Monday he threw his first shutout since July 5, 2006 at Seattle when he was a member of the Angels.
“I feel really good,” Colon said. “I thank God I’m healthy and I’m helping the team to win. I feel really strong physically and mentally right now.”
Colon was throwing 95 mph in the first inning and his final pitch of the afternoon, a fastball David DeJesus lifted to left for the game's last out, was a 95-mph fastball.
"He was outstanding again," said Joe Girardi, whose bullpen was spared a second straight game (CC Sabathia went eight innings the previous day). "His location was great...we've seen it before, when his location is good as it was today it's hard to score runs."