Game 89: Win
Mets 7 Marlins 6
After a few weeks of easy wins and blowouts, the Mets finished the first half of the season in much the same way they started it: with a dramatic, come-from-behind, late-inning, one-run win.
Who was the hero? C’mon, now, you know it had to be David Wright. D-Wright hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Mets the lead plus a much-needed insurance run that became the winning run when Billy Wagner surrendered a solo homer in the ninth en route to his 18th save. (Hmmm, Billy was doing things like that earlier in the year, too … guess he didn’t want to feel left out of this nostalgic win.)
Though he threw into the seventh, Tommy Glavine was not vintage, again. He’s leading the NL in wins, but that is more to do with excellent run support than great pitching. In his last 10 starts, he’s allowed four runs or more five times, and has pitched seven innings plus only three times. Now, some might say that he’s pitched a number of “quality starts” in the last ten, but this is a guy who we are leaning on to be a co-ace. Giving up four runs over nine innings is OK, giving up four in less than seven is not good enough. He needs to at least pitch further in games, as he was in the first two months of the season. He pitched through at least six innings in all of his first 12 starts, and gave up three runs or less in all of those starts but one. Since that 12th start, however, he has had trouble getting to, and through, the sixth. Hopefully the pre-June Tommy will reappear after the All-Star break.