Ok, this is going to hurt. My theory is as follows:
Billy Wagner, who is currently having a great year, could be in a position to kill the Mets chances at the playoffs. Here are Wagner’s stats… His ERA is ridiculously low at 1.27, he’s 5-0, 55K’s, 19 saves and 3 blown saves. He’s obviously still throwing heat!
How is our closer doing? K-Rod has a 2.57 ERA, 2-2, 52K’s, 20 saves and 4 blown saves. Not too bad. Most teams would love those numbers from their closer.
Pitching wins championships and Atlanta is proof of that. If you don’t remember those dominate Atlanta pitchers of the 90’s, let me refresh your memory:
A Braves pitcher won the Cy Young Award almost every year during the 90’s:
1991 – Tom Glavine
1993 – Greg Maddox
1994 – Greg Maddox
1995 – Greg Maddox
1996 – John Smoltz
1998 – Tom Glavine
But this time around we don’t have to worry about facing three Cy Young’s in the same rotation. I believe the combination of Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey could match Atlanta’s top two of Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe. The bottom three pitchers of each rotation are also doing very well and these two pitching staffs are pretty evenly matched. Continue reading
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting today that the Braves released Tom Glavine after he threw six scoreless innings in the minors yesterday. He’s recovering from minor elbow and shoulder surgeries in the off-season.
Apparently, the Braves told him that they’re releasing him because his velocity is down. Velocity is down? When did he ever have velocity? It sounds like a low-class move on the surface but I’d like to hear Frank Wren’s side of the story.
I never liked Glavine on the Mets just because he was an iconic Brave when he got here. But he deserves better than this from the Braves. I’ll be curious to see what the Braves bloggers have to say about this.
Glavine talks to the media after getting a win against the Mets today.
Glavine masters Mets
Glavine joins Michael Kay on ESPN Radio today after he beat the Mets in Atlanta. He talks about facing the Mets and said he had to keep himself from looking at a couple of guys in the batters box and laughing. He also talks about how much easier family life is being back in Atlanta.
You won’t read this here very often: the Mets scored their only run of the game on a Luis Castillo home run. How about that?
The most disappointing thing about this game is how well Tom Glavine looked. John Maine couldn’t keep up with him. The Mets scored their only run in the first inning and left the bases loaded. They never mounted a threat after that.
Maine only made it through four innings giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks. Scott Schoenweis relieved him in the fifth and then Aaron Heilman let things get out of reach in the seventh inning. Brian McCann hit a two run homer off Heilman. He just can’t figure out how to get through a clean inning.
They’ll do it again tonight at 7:00pm with Claudio Vargas going against Jorge Campillo.
New York Mets (22-19) at Atlanta Braves (22-21) 1:00pm and 7:00pm
First game: John Maine (5-2) vs. Tom Glavine (1-1)
Second game: Claudio Vargas (0-1) vs. Jorge Campillo (0-0)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN (both games)
What to watch: The Mets play four games in Atlanta over three days before moving on to Colorado. The best part of the road trip will be getting a chance at revenge on Tom Glavine in the first game. John Maine hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in a game since his first start on April 5th. Claudio Vargas was terrific in his first start against Washington on May 14th. He didn’t deserve a loss. Now that Pedro is joining the team in Atlanta for a bullpen session, Vargas is just keeping Pedro’s seat warm until he gets back.
Image from WikipediaThe Atlanta Braves decided to bring John Smoltz back from the disabled list tomorrow to face Johan Santana in the finale of the two game series. This is the second good pitching matchup of the short series.
Smoltz has been bothered by soreness in his 40 year old shoulder. He’ll be 41 on May 15th. Tom Glavine will pitch in Denver now on Monday night.
I have to wonder if this has anything to do with Glavine being a former Met. He’s been around long enough not to be bothered by something like that. And he’s had the experience of facing the Braves with the Mets. It is curious though that the Braves choose to make the change at the last minute like this.
The rainout in Atlanta last night caused the Mets to revise their starting pitching order. The new order is:
- Sat. 4/5- John Maine vs. Tim Hudson
- Sun. 4/6- Johan Santana vs. Tom Glavine
- Tues. 4/8- Jamie Moyer vs. Oliver Perez
- Wed. 4/9- Kyle Kendrick vs. Mike Pelfrey
- Thur. 4/10- Adam Eaton vs. John Maine
After the Phillies series, the Brewers come to town next Friday. Everyone with tickets for opening day at Shea can breathe a sigh of relief that Oliver Perez is pitching instead of Mike Pelfrey. I agree with the decision to skip Pelfrey’s spot and keep Santana on his regular day tomorrow, and Perez for the home opener. It would’ve been too much pressure for Pelfrey to pitch the home opener. He needs to put in the least pressurized situations so he has the best chance of pitching successfully.
The rainout game yesterday will be played on May 20th as part of a double header. I’m sure it will be a dual entry double header, as most teams do now. The good old days of buying one ticket for a double header are gone.
Picture: Turner Field
photo credit: nate steiner