Mets Game 141: Win Over Astros
Mets 3 Astros 1
Tom Glavine had a perfect game through five, and gave up only three hits total in seven full innings of work — walking none.
Meantime, Woody Williams pitched a fairly strong game himself, allowing only three runs in six innings of work. David Wright busted things open in the third with YAOFHR (Yet Another Opposite Field Home Run) for the first run of the game. The next inning, Shawn Green and Paul LoDuca hit back-to-back doubles to make the score 2-0, and in the fifth, Luis Castillo scampered home on a wild pitch to put the Mets up by three.
Unbelievably, Glavine was removed after giving up back-to-back singles leading off the eighth. He had thrown a grand total of 86 pitches, with 6-7-8 coming up for the Astros. With men on first and second, what would you like to see from Ty Wigginton? A ground ball double play, right? So why was Glavine the groundball machine removed and replaced by Aaron Heilman — he of the long fly ball and crazy bloops and bounces? I understand the concern with the tying run coming to the plate, but why then would Willie bring in the guy who has been serving up the gopherball all year long? Why, when a double play is in order, do you bring in the guy who has induced a grand total of four DPs in over 70 innings?
Not surprisingly, Heilman fisted Wiggy with an inside fastball that dropped into no-mans land in shallow right, scoring Carlos Lee with the ‘stros first run of the game. However, Heilman then bore down and struck out the next three hitters to get out of the inning. So if the ends justify the means, then Willie made the right decision. Personally, I still would have left Glavine in there — partially because I don’t see runners on as a problem with Tommy on the mound, and mostly because Glavine was pitching a fantastic game. Why take a chance on bringing in a new pitcher when the one you have has already proven to be your best guy on that particular day?
Billy Wagner finished up with a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 31st save and help Glavine win his 13th game of the year.
The Mets and Astros do it again at 1:10 PM on Sunday. Pedro Martinez faces Roy Oswalt in what promises to be a fun pitching matchup.