By Mike Steffanos
Yankees 11 - Mets 8
Played Saturday, June 16, 2007
For three starts spanning from lat May to early June, Tom Glavine pitched well enough to pick up career win number 296 but the offense let him down. The last two times out he was handed 14 runs worth of support but couldn't make it stick. The end result was a return to losing for the Mets after a one day reprieve.
Glavine has stunk for his last two times out, but this nothing that we don't see from him every year. I've come to expect a period from him where he doesn't have command of his pitches and looks this bad. This would be more worrisome if Oliver Perez and John Maine hadn't stepped up their game so much this season. In my mind, Glavine is basically the fourth or fifth starter on this club, depending on where you slot Jorge Sosa and whether El Duque is healthy at the time. It doesn't make it any easier to watch these games when he's really bad, but it makes it a little easier to put into perspective.
Ideally when Glavine goes through a stretch like this, you'd like to see Willie have a really quick hook with him. The way the back end of the bullpen is pitching, however, this is a problem. The only guys pitching really well for the most part are Wagner, Smith and Feliciano. For all of the sentiment to trade the admittedly up and down Aaron Heilman among some of the faithful, it's hard to see how this bullpen can afford to lose a pitcher who is at least pitching respectably well. Guillermo Mota looks lost right now, Aaron Sele can't replicate Darren Oliver's effectiveness from last year, and Scott Schoeneweis has a 10.8 ERA in June after posting a 9.9 ERA in May. I'd be clamoring for the return of Ambiorix Burgos right now if he wasn't shut down and possibly facing elbow surgery.
Right now, I just hope that Tom Glavine can turn things around quickly given the state of this bullpen.
|Tom Glavine (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (15 Games)||88.2||49||46||98||43||30||12||4.67||1.44||8-7|
For all of the fact the Mets put 7 runs up yesterday, they missed a lot of opportunities to put up more. There are just too many guys slumping on this team right now. Carlos Gomez has done a nice job of keeping his head above water despite being pushed into the deep end of the pool. They really need to find a way to get Ruben Gotay more ABs while he is hot. I'm not as sold on him long-term as some of you are, but he's earned a shot at more playing time with his hitting.
Beltran looks so bad at the plate right now, you have a feeling if Alou and Chavez weren't both hurt they might consider putting him on the DL and letting that quad heal.