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?

Anyway …

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.

Next Game

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.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. isuzudude September 8, 2007 at 6:05 pm
    I agree with you, Joe. Glavine got a very quick hook today, getting removed after giving up 3 measley singles. I tell you, it seems like we’re wasting our breathe (or keyboard strokes?) complaining about Willie’s incessant reluctance to go deep with his starting pitching staff. I hadn’t realized until today’s broadcast on SNY that no Mets pitcher has gone a whole nine innings this season (Maine and Glavine both have complete shutouts to their credit this season, but those came in rain shortened games.) It didn’t hurt Willie taking Glavine out early today, but it certainly has in the past and likely will in the future. I guess he just won’t learn his lesson.

    I have to say though, since the Philly series, the bullpen has been great. A very good sign.

    Mets w/o Delgado: 2-0.

    An idea crept into my head today. Is there any chance the Mets go after Smoltz this offseason? I know it’s a long shot, and I doubt Smoltz would want to come to NY. But if Glavine sticks it out for one more year (he does have a 2008 option), it would give Smoltz some incentive to come aboard. Another question would be where to fit him in to the rotation, what with Glavine, El Duque, Pedro, Maine, Perez, and Pelfrey all signed thru next year, but I’m sure we can find room for a future HOF’er who can still win ballgames.

    WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHER BLOGGERS? Joe and I might as well call each other on the phone if no one else is going to contribute.

  2. sincekindergarten September 9, 2007 at 5:26 am
    I’m here. Had the second baby shower for my as-of-yet-unborn daughter yesterday, and that was after standing in line for tix to see Springsteen (second deck in Albany, first row). Trying to actually assemble some of the stuff was more maddening than anything else.

    I thought that Smoltz signed an extension with the Braves this summer. Glavine had mentioned that if that hadn’t happened, he was going to try to recruit Smoltz to come to Queens. There’s a lot of Mets fans who would absolutely hate this arrangement, but I’d love it. The guy can still hit mid-90s on the gun, and his slider/splitter combo would keep the Phillthies waaay back. But, the Braves inked him through ’09.

    Something that either Keith or Gary brought up yesterday was this–the way Glavine is pitching now, why not invoke the option, and try to bring him back to Shea for ’08? I really think that John Maine has done wonders because he went to Glavine in ST and said, “Teach me the circle change, and mentor me.” Glavine’s also been seen helping Pelfrey out. He knows two things–his best chance of playing in October is at Shea, not Atlanta, and the Braves have a few more FA pitching targets than him on the horizon.

  3. joe September 9, 2007 at 9:19 am
    I’d like the idea of Glavine around another year simply to tutor the young kids, as SK suggests. Pelfrey and Humber would really benefit from being around him.
  4. isuzudude September 9, 2007 at 9:42 am
    SK, you’re right about Smoltz. My initial research had him as a FA at season’s end, but now I see he’s locked up in Atlanta most likely until retirement. He remains the enemy.
  5. sincekindergarten September 9, 2007 at 3:32 pm
    But, ID, he’s an “enemy” worthy of a lot of respect.

    Thing is, who the deuce does Pelfrey/Humber/Mulvey replace? Yes, Kevin Mulvey. From what I’ve heard of his performance in the PCL playoffs, when they’re over, as the Zephyrs are in the finals, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him called up, along with Joe Smith.

  6. Micalpalyn September 10, 2007 at 1:05 pm
    I: I’ve been in arizona for a week, but I’m back;

    1. Glavine: Agreed his mentorship is invaluable. But if he gets a ring I think Tom is done.

    2. With maine and Ollie a nucleus in the rotation, El Duque signed for next yr and Pelfrey all of a sudden looking like he caught some lightning , then Pedro back what WOULD you do with glavine? add to that humber and Mulvey are close to ML ready too.

  7. isuzudude September 10, 2007 at 5:12 pm
    Hmm…what to do with a 300 game winning hall of fame bound lefty who can still win 15 games? Yeah, that’s a real conundrum.