Mets Game 121: Win Over Nationals

Mets 6 Nationals 2

Finally, Willie Randolph ignored the illogical 100-pitch count with Tom Glavine on the mound. Too bad it took a string of bullpen meltdowns to make it happen.

Glavine threw 7 innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits, one walk, and striking out six. He probably could have gone out for an eighth, as he pitched a very strong seventh and showed no signs of slowing down. Nice to see.

While Glavine was setting them down, the Mets offense was putting up runs — from a variety of sources. For example, Mike DiFelice drove in three runs from the eighth spot, with an unlikely two-run triple and a sacrifice fly. Damion Easley also had a good day, scoring two runs and blasting a solo homer. Moises Alou also homered, continuing with his scorching hot bat. In fact, every Met in the lineup except for the pitcher and Luis Castillo either scored a run or drove one in — and though Castillo didn’t produce any runs, he did have two hits. It was a productive day from top to bottom.


Jorge Sosa finally had a poor outing in relief, but picked a good game to have it. He was relieved by Pedro Feliciano, who put up zeroes over an inning and two-thirds to finish the game — expending only 15 pitches in the process.

Jose Reyes had two stolen bases, and now has 62 on the season. He might break Roger Cedeno’s team record of 66 by the end of the weekend.

Both Carlos Delgado and Lastings Milledge were out of the lineup for the second straight day. Delgado is still nursing a hyperextended knee, and was wearing a sleevelike device on his leg to keep it immobile. According to Willie Randolph, he was available if necessary to pinch hit. Milledge continues to suffer from flu-like symptoms. No one has any hard evidence that Shawn Green slipped an isolated virus into Milledge’s morning orange juice.

Next Game

Oliver Perez starts against Long Beach, NY native and Siena alum John Lannan in another 7:05 PM start on Saturday night.

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  1. isuzudude August 17, 2007 at 10:50 pm
    Some thoughts…

    1. Those on this blog who doubted Castillo’s defensive prowess when he was acquired from Minnesota: did you see the double play he turned in this game? Phenomenal. Not to mention that since the trade he’s hitting at a .323 clip doing all the little things the Mets had been missing in the #2 hole this season. More reasons why his acquisition was a terrific move by Omar.

    2. Speaking of good defense, it was brought up on the broadcast on SNY that Reyes has been playing gold glove caliber shortstop. Could he be in store for his first gold glove of his career? Will Carlos Beltran win another? I think those are the two best gold glove candidates the Mets have to offer. David Wright shows flashes at third, but his consistency needs work.

    3. He may throw only a few more MPH faster than Lawrence, but Glavine shows you start after start why he’s an ace pitcher. Any possibility of him delaying retirement one more season? I’m sure the Mets would love to have him back.

    4. Reyes now has 3 straight 60+ SB seasons…first time in history an infielder as accomplished that. How much longer will it be until somebody tells him the extension he signed with the Mets severely underpays him? I say a new contract will be in order by the time 2009 rolls around. He’s easily worth Derek Jeter money

  2. sincekindergarten August 18, 2007 at 9:54 am
    1. I really can’t remember what I said about Castillo and his defensive prowess, but I think I tended towards the idea that he was a defensive upgrade over Gotay.

    2. Last I heard, Reyes was one error behind the leader at short, whose name and team escapes me at the moment. I wasn’t able to see the game, having gone out to dinner with two high-school friends from the early 80s.

    3. If Lawrence went to Glavine and asked Glavine to help him out with how he (Lawrence) needs to pitch in certain situations, Lawrence would benefit greatly. Glavine learned how to pitch at the feet of the master pitching coach, Leo Mazzone.

    4. Reyes is definitely worth a major contract upgrade. At least to bring him on a par with Wright.

  3. Micalpalyn August 18, 2007 at 11:50 am
    I know, I know…But I heartily agree with all.

    How different things might be if Castillo signs 4 years ago and we forego the Kaz era.