Friday the 13th came and went six days ago and there was no full moon at PETCO Park in San Diego last night, but something eerie certainly haunted the air. Despite the fact that the New York Mets spotted Tom Glavine six runs before he ever threw a pitch, the wily lefty and future Hall-of-Famer still couldn’t secure win No. 299. But the Mets, mired in a seven-week slump, managed to explode for 13 runs and 16 hits anyway, en route to a much-needed 13-9 victory.
Glavine allowed 10 hits and six runs in just two-plus innings of work, his shortest outing since July 29, 2003, when he left a game against Milwaukee in the first inning because of a strained rib cage. “It’s frustrating, it’s embarrassing, it’s all those things,” Glavine said.
The offense, however, picked him up, finally ending their frustrations after a month and a half of minimal production. Carlos Delgado, Ramon Castro and Carlos Beltran all hit home runs, Ruben Gotay racked up three hits and six different players amassed at least two. The win kept New York 2.5 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East division, since the Braves won last night as well.
Glavine admitted that winning took some of the sting out of his poor performance. “If I’m going to pitch crappy and we win, it’s a whole lot easier to deal with,” he said. Still, for $10.5 million per year, it would be nice if he didn’t pitch crappy at all.