By Mike Steffanos
Mets 13 - Dodgers 9
Played Thursday, July 19, 2007
No style points for last night's win, but it's the game many of us were waiting for all season where the bats overcame a tough night for the pitchers. None had it tougher than Tom Glavine, who was staked to a 6-0 before he threw a pitch and couldn't parlay that into career win number 299.
Not much to say about Glavine. He wasn't spotting his pitches well, and they were hitting every mistake. I don't know what his lifetime numbers are in Dodger Stadium, but he had a bad one there last year. The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in that game in the first, and then went up 5-1 in the second, but Glavine allowed the Dodgers to tie it in the bottom of the second on Furcal's homer. He wound up eeking out a win in that one, but maybe the moral is not to stake him to a lead in LA.
|Tom Glavine (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (21 Games)||125.2||66||63||131||58||41||17||4.51||1.37||13-8|
After Glavine left, Aaron Sele came in and settled the thing down. He entered the game with no outs in the third, the score 9-5, and the bases loaded with Dodgers and no outs. He got out of that inning with only one of those runners scoring and made it through 2 more, allowing only an unearned run in the fifth. For a guy who couldn't get anyone out for most of the first three months of the season, this has been an amazing turnaround. I have to admit I thought he was through. Kudos to Aaron Sele for hanging in there and proving the doubters like me wrong. I sincerely hope he continues to make me look bad.
As for the game itself, there was little from it that would make a video on how to play the game right. Fielding miscues were intertwined with baserunning blunders, and the only pitchers who really came out ahead -- other than Sele -- were the ones who didn't get in the game. But ever so slowly, the Mets are showing signs of being a team that actually plans to be around in October. For all the criticism and comparisons to Steinbrenner Omar Minaya received for the orchestrating the departure of Rick Down, the move seems to have finally shaken this club out of the strange malaise that brought forth 6 weeks of baseball that was very, very hard to watch. I find myself watching Mets games with a feeling of hope rather than trepidation, and it seems to me that this is at least a good start on the road to recovery for both the Mets and us.
By the way, I love having Marlon Anderson back on this team. He's a perfect bench guy and one of a very few who thrives at pinch hitting. Provided he is not overexposed by starting him in too many games, he will be a key component of a much stronger bench than the one we had early in the season.