Game 28: Win
Mets 6 Pirates 0
Tom Glavine has evolved similarly to an aged fine wine; as an aficionado such as Steve Trachsel might tell you, a wine can go through a “dumb” or “funky” stage before reaching its finest flavors, in its peak years of drinking. Glavine may very well have gone through the “dumb stage” of his career from 2003 to the first half of 2005. However, it appears that he has evolved beyond that funky part and is now in his “second” prime. Not unlike his former teammate Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine has been performing at a vintage level.
As if Glavine’s remarkable lack of run support in his history with the Mets wasn’t challenging enough, Mr. Willie added a second wrench by sitting Carlos Delgado and giving Julio Franco a start at first base. But it didn’t matter, because not only did the Mets explode for six runs, Glavine only needed one. He would likely have pitched a complete-game shutout, but Mr. Willie had to of course follow his little book and take Tommy out after seven innings, as he was nearing 100 pitches. Duaner Sanchez threw yet another perfect inning of relief, and Jorge Julio finished the game by striking out the side in the ninth.
So far my prediction for Xavier Nady is not panning out; where I was sure he’d be hitting around .190 at this point, instead he is well over .300 and hitting a bomb every week. As I’m still a Victor Diaz fan, and my negativity toward Nady seems to be working as a reverse curse, I’ll continue to root against him.
Next up is a three-game series with the Braves. We have Steve Trachsel, Victor Zambrano, and possiby Jose Lima going against Kyle Davies, Tim Hudson, and Jorge Sosa. I think we should be overjoyed if we win one out of these three, and not worry too much if we get swept. However, this ugly back end of the rotation needs to be addressed, and I don’t mean by Jose Lima licking the stamp. At some point, Mr. Willie and Ultimo Minaya need to reconsider the stupidity of keeping a talent like Heilman out of the rotation — especially if Jorge Julio continues to progress.
Even if Julio does not gain the Mets’ confidence, I’d think we’re a stronger team with Heath Bell in the ‘pen and Heilman in the rotation, than with a situation of Trax/VZam/LimaTime starting 60% of the team’s games.