Much as I respect Jose Valentin’s right to earn a living with anyone foolish enough to pay him, why not just have Tom Glavine pinch hit, instead? Other than the opposition aiming at his pitching arm, I mean. Tension-filled Tom has 85 career RBI’s ; that might not seem like a lot, but hitting in the 9th spot over some 1200 career at bats, it could be a lot worse.
Oh yeah, and Glavine pitched another solid game tonight, too (7 IP, 4 hits, HR’s to Burrell and Howard). Heath Bell’s 2006 big league debut was inauspicious enough (3 hits, 1 IP) but he and Jorge Julio combined to protect a ten run lead, and that’s all that counts.
I keep looking for holes in the Mets batting order, and they aren’t coming up. Sure, Reyes oughta get on base more often (we’ll probably be saying that forever). It’s unlikely Paul Lo Duca will hit .300 in August and September. Xavier Nady might eventually come down to earth. But by the same token, Cliff Floyd won’t be straddling the Mendoza Line in July, and if the 3-4-5 of Beltran, Delgado and Wright stays healthy, the Mets might score enough runs to withstand the sad realization they only have a 3 man starting rotation. Glavine, Martinez and 3 Days Of Rain doesn’t have the right sort of ring to it, but that much precipitation must be good for Pedro’s flowers.
On a night the Phillies combined for 4 errors, I would like to remind everyone that Freddie Mitchell and his blessed hands are still unemployed.
Some of these folks are giddy. And some of ’em aren’t.
Glavine pitched exactly the way you’d want a crafty old pitcher with a big lead to pitch (and hit like a lithe young power hitter), the boys hit doubles and home runs and took advantage of errors and kept the hammer down. And I’d say the leather got flashed, but we were even better bare-handed: I’d barely gotten over oohing and ahhing over Reyes’ flip to Matsui’s bare hand and nice turn to Delgado (Kaz apparently rehabbed his knee under the tutelage of Bill Mazeroski) when Wright made that stunning bare-handed grab of a ball pinwheeling off the third-base bag. – Jason, Faith & Fear In Flushing
Carlos Beltran looks like a completely different hitter this year — relaxed, patient and confident. His line this year is an amazing .291/.431/.671 with 21 walks in 100 plate appearances. I find it incredible he has so many walks with Delgado behind him. 12 of his 21 hits have been for extra bases with 4 doubles and 8 homers. I don’t listen to WFAN much anymore, but I’m assuming things have calmed down quite a bit with the negative talk about Beltran. – Mike’s Mets
…the thing with Heath Bell is that his fastball is so straight¦with a fastball like this, he has to adjust speeds more and have perfect location, otherwise, no matter how well he throws a curve-ball or change-up, big league hitters are going to continue to hit the ball hard against him¦ – Matthew Cerrone, Metsblog
The good news? The Mets signed a 29-year old pitcher who sports a 57 percent career winning percentage to a minor league deal today. The bad news? He has a Lima-esque 5.71 career ERA and hasn’t been even remotely effective in either minor league or major league baseball since 2002.
Step right up, Jeriome Robertson! Put together a decent start or two in Norfolk, and you might find yourself as the #4 starter for a potential playoff team. – Ryan McConnell, Always Amazin’
Since his arrival, Pat Gillick has injected an edgy undercurrent and ushered past loyalties out the door. No veteran is too established (he tried all winter to trade Bobby Abreu), no player is too well-liked (Tomas Perez and Todd Pratt got pink slips), and no plan is set in stone (Madson). He’s not afraid to cut losses (Ricardo Rodriguez waived, leaving nothing to show for Vicente Padilla), and he is not afraid to take risks (promoting Cole Hamels). In short, the Phillies finally have a GM with guts. – J. Weitzel, Beerleaguer