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The A-minus Team Pulls One Out For Glavine

Mike SteffanosWednesday, September 20, 2006
By Mike Steffanos


Mets 3 - Marlins 2

Tom Glavine went 8 strong innings against the Marlins tonight, and was rewarded with victory number 289 in his career when the Mets staged an eighth inning comeback to overcome the Marlins. The big hits came from Lastings Milledge, who tied the game with a single to center, and Michael Tucker, who singled to left on an 0-2 pitch for the game winner. Billy Wagner notched save number 39 on the season, striking out 3 Fish while working around a 2-out single to Miguel Olivo.

Both runs off Glavine tonight came on one bad pitch to Wes Helms in the second inning. It wasn't even a terrible pitch, just a fastball on the outside corner that was up. Other than that, Glavine was precise and efficient in 8 strong innings. Coming on the heels of Steve Trachsel's strong performance last night, the Mets starting pitching is looking a little better as of late. Here is Glavine's chart updated:

Tom Glavine
DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam
Result
8/5PHI73352213.861.00W
8/11@WAS62277103.001.33L
8/16@PHI73363213.861.14L
9/1@HOU566752010.801.80W
9/7LAD6.10055000.000.79W
9/14@FLA64366214.501.33W
9/19FLA82243212.250.75W
Total (7 Games)45.1201940311143.771.135-2

He's been looking pretty good over his last three games, including tonight. If there was a prototype for how you would want Glavine to pitch, it was tonight's game. He was efficient and in control. He kept the Mets in the game through 8 until they could come back off the beleaguered Marlins bullpen.

Lastings Milledge (batting third in the lineup) made a nice catch in left to complement his RBI hit. Anderson Hernandez was the hitting star with a monster third inning home run that visibly shocked Willie Randolph, and the single that started the rally in the eighth. Tucker also had a pair of knocks for the Mets.

Oliver Perez goes for the Mets tomorrow night, opposed by Dontrelle Willis.

Box Score

Comments (8)

The Met brass was in my area looking at the AAA stadium in Scranton. There is still hope that they may move in. If you hear anything about it let me know and I'll do like wise. I would run to get season tikets. They said it is between the Yankees and the Mets of who will move in.

Whoa! Is building new Mets!

Good to see a couple of the kids gain some traction. Anderson Hernandez might not be much of a hitter -- but nobody who could hit as well as he did last year in AAA should look as lost as he did earlier this year. It had to be mental, some version of his giving the big league pitchers too much credit. Maybe this'll help him relax, play his game, and have a career.

And Lastings looked pretty good at the plate too. But if I was in charge of his development, I think I'd place him somewhere along the warning track, blindfold him, point him toward the fence and tell him to run; then, repeat. He looks shy of the fence, and it's screwing up his routes.

All in all a good win.

Sorry, with the Division won I've been looking around.

Did you notice that article of the spat between Padres GM Kevin Towers and Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli? What a whiney little baby Mirabelli must be, and it reinforces an earlier thought I had, that Towers should be in the discussion for GM of the year along with Minaya and Larry Beinfest of Florida.

In the off season, Towers was on hand to take Cameron and Piazza from the Mets, giving up X Nady and a draft pick; he essentially traded Mark Loretta for Clay Hensley and Josh Bard, both of whom have been important contributers; and he sacrificed Otsuka and Adam Eaton to receive Adrian Gonzales and Chris Young. Otsuka has had a good year for the Rengers, but Eaton has struggled, and both Young and Gonzales have been very big for the Pods. San Diego is getting terrific offense out of the catching position, a sort of hidden advantage the Mets used to routinely enjoy.

That's a bunch of smart moves, in most cases with real talent going both ways and Towers winning the exchange. AND he stayed rid of Mirabelli, who once begged out of a game because he wasn't mentally focussed on it or something.

Just a thought that crossed my mind.

Rev - I read that yesterday. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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dd - Lastings did do a little bit of an Abreu impression while catching that ball, with the difference being that he actually caught it.

I saw the article on Towers. My only problem with it was him bringing it up after all that time. It's probably not good form for a baseball exec to badmouth a player he traded. I agree with you on most of the moves being good ones. The Sux made some strange deals this year, anyway. Theo gets no votes from me for his work this year.

Hi guys,

1. In the euphoria of the last few days, I decided to refrain from commenting on Traxx. It was a big win and showing from him. But also Jose Valentin. Alot of bloggers/media types talk about getting Lugo for 2nd base next yr...w(ho by the way wants to sign with a team that will leave him at SS), but I am happy to give it to Jose and Ruben Gotay.

2. Lastings; He has made impressions. Yes he reminds that he is a CF playing the corners, but he is improving daily. I would like him to be on the post season roster. That hit considering his experience was big. Consider he was taking pitches low, pounded inside then with two stikes hit a ball that was away to RF. If he IS a future piece then he needs to be part of postseason.

3. ANDERSON. I had him as my 2nd reserve infielder. Only he can spell Reyes AND Valentin and now maybe even hit a little. Plus that makes Woody a final option in the OF and infield in the case of the 'double switch'.

4. I disagree on Theo. Theo is taking a bullet and rebuilding. The old guard is being dismantled. Beckett, Lowell, Pena, Koteras are good additions. As they purge I expect they will be big players for offseason FA including Zito.

4. What a match tonite. Ollie and Dontrelle.

Micalpalyn - I agree that Epstein took a bullet this year, and don't blame him for that. It was the right move. But I thought both the trade for Crisp and the trade to get back Mirabelli were bad ones.

I agree ...somewhat. The Mirabelli trade (josh Bard) sounds like a personality conflict and Bard could not catch Wakefield. Marte has not lit a fire in Cleveland he may get traded again...plus Coco Crisp is young and DW would disagree with you.

Don Hahn made a lot of great plays in CF in 1973, but last time I looked I didn't see a Hall of Fame plaque. Trading Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez for Beckett could be another trade that goes real bad, too.

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