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This One Was Glavine

Mike SteffanosMonday, June 11, 2007
By Mike Steffanos

Tigers 15 - Mets 7
Played Sunday, June 10, 2007

I doubt it was much consolation to Tom Glavine that this loss (and failure to win number 296) was all on him, but after coming up short in 3 consecutive solid performances, this time it was all about his pitching. Dealing with an umpire with a stingy strike zone didn't help matters, but Glavine was leaving a lot of pitches up in the zone, too. There really isn't much to say on this one, as we all accept that the 41-year-old Glavine will have days like this at times. He doesn't have the stuff to get by when he is unable to spot his pitches.

Tom Glavine Last 5 games
Season (14 Games)84.24239904327104.151.388-6

View Tom Glavine's Full Season Stats

Neither Aaron Sele nor Joe Smith shined in relief of Glavine. Smith came into a 11-7 game in the bottom of the eighth when the Mets still had a glimmer of hope. Allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and a pair of walks extinguished any thoughts of a comeback.

While the Mets put up 7 runs in this one, 6 of the 7 came on 3-run homers by David Wright and Carlos Gomez. The Mets stranded 12 runners, with Lo Duca personally leaving 6 on base in an 0-5 afternoon. Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran each failed to convert 5 baserunners. There is still work to be done with this offense.

It's not surprising that Carlos Gomez, who is a little over his head, has struggled at this level. However, I had some hopes when Ben Johnson first came up that his experience and pop might give the team a lift. Instead, a pitcher-like .174/.200/.217 line in 24 plate appearances earned Johnson a well-deserved ticket back to the bright lights of Bourbon Street. Gomez may not be setting the majors on fire, but for a 21-year-old who came into this year with only 3 minor league seasons under his belt, you can understand why they're so high on him. He looks overmatched at times, but not in awe of the experience.

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