By Mike Steffanos
Hard to believe that we're only a couple of weeks away from the start of the season with a winter storm raging outside here in Connecticut. Tonight's game against the Marlins was not televised, but here are a few brief thoughts.
The bottom line for Tom Glavine looked good: 5IP, 0ER, 3H, 2K, 2BB. Still, as reported in the game story on MLB.com, Glavine threw strikes on only 44 of 84 pitches, and I'm sure Glavine would like to be more efficient than that once the games start for real. Still, with so much riding on Glavine this season, it's nice to see him having a decent spring.
Aaron Heilman came back from his week off looking sharp, pitching a 1-2-3 sixth inning with 2 strikeouts. For what it's worth, I wouldn't get worked up about Aaron experiencing some soreness in the spring after surgery this winter to clean out his elbow.
The bad Ambiorix Burgos showed up tonight -- the one who can't keep his pitches down or locate them. Burgos struggles when asked to pitch more than an inning this spring. The problem is the Mets need that flexibility from him if he is to make the bullpen. At 22 years old he should be able to handle that.
The offense struggled again, producing only 6 hits tonight. Jose Reyes had two of them. Jose Valentin had a 2-run homer. David Wright and Carlos Delgado had the other RBIs in the Mets' 5-4 loss.
The Mets split their squad tomorrow. Chan Ho Park gets the start in St. Lucie against the Nats, and really needs to show something after recent strong performances by Mike Pelfrey. The game will be televised on channel 11 at 1PM.