Thursday, May 04, 2006

Flowery Adjectives And Far Out Metaphors Are For Suckers: Tom Glavine Is Good!

I was told a long time ago to keep it simple, stupid. And it's this advice that reminds me that sometimes, it's enough just to state the obvious.

No need to let us know that Tom Glavine is reaching back to a time ten years ago when he was coming off a World Series MVP award. There's no need to tell us that the soft tosser is getting better with age. No flowery language, no comparisons to fine wine, and no reason at all to use the word "vintage".

The old man is kicking ass.

That's all you need to say.

He struck out ten batters and walked one in tonight's 6-0 victory. His ERA is 1.94. He is on track for the best of his four seasons in a Met uniform, by far. And sure it was a long wait, but better this than have Glavine win 25 games for an irrelevant 2003 team and struggle now when so much more is at stake. And he's rediscovered a bulldog quality this season that prevents him from giving up that big hit when the chips are down, as they were against Craig Wilson with the bases loaded in the sixth and the count 3-0...in an at bat that ended with a harmless fly ball to right field to keep the score 1-0. (By the way, doesn't Craig Wilson remind you of Nick Nolte from "North Dallas Forty?")

So whaddaya want me to say?

The wily veteran is hearkening back to his salad days and pitching with something to prove?

The fish tossing lefty is taking a bath in his own personal fountain of youth before every game and then exfoliates with Brave Remover?

The Cy Young winner is making his pitches dance around again like Stacy Kiebler in "Dancing With The Stars"?

Yeah, all well and good, but sometimes, the simple language is the best way to go. Tom Glavine kicks ass. Period.

Keep it simple, stupid.

***

So along the same theme, let's keep it simple tonight.

It's worth noting that Filthy Sanchez hasn't given up a run yet.

Um, it's May, and the slate's clean.

It's also worth noting that David Wright's 4 for 5 may have ended his slump. Just in time, eh?

Also: Endy Chavez plays for Xavier Nady last night and gets four hits. Xavier comes back tonight, and hits a big three run HR. Dare I say, Willie is pushing the right buttons?

The Mets are 4-5 when Jose Reyes doesn't get a hit. 15-4 otherwise. But...the Mets are 8-5 when Reyes doesn't score a run, and 11-4 when Reyes scores. The offense isn't totally dependent on Reyes, which is good...no?

***

It's official, I'm now a Delgado guy.

Even when Carlos Delgado isn't playing, he's involved...hugging Tom Glavine in the dugout after his outing was done and the Mets were pulling away. I pair that with the image of Delgado smiling at David Wright after Carlos saved a throwing error and the two laughing together and I think: "leader"...the leader that some of us might have thought the other Carlos would be. But with Delgado around, Beltran can just be himself and just play ball...you know, when he's not hurt.

Carlos Delgado is every bit as impressive when he's not playing as when he's on the field. I'm won over (now don't make me regret that).

***

Do you understand the importance of Pedro Martinez and Tom Glavine coming up huge against the Pirates?

That's right, it means they aren't pitching against the Braves this weekend.

So forgive me for pointing out the cloud of impending doom that's headed towards Shea.

It is imperative that Steve Trachsel come up with a big outing tomorrow night against Kyle Davies. Because after Trax, it's Bangor Maine, and Victor Zam-oh-no! Victor goes up against Tim Hudson on Saturday...and understanding that the chances that Victor comes up with a second good outing in a row is about as high as my chances of surviving a jump off of the Empire State Building, I'm planning my annual retreat to the Land of No Televisions that day (well maybe not, but I probably should). Bangor draws Jorge Sosa on Sunday...and even though you don't really know what you're going to get with Maine, you know what you're going to get with Sosa, and that's base hits. So the rubber game of the series might actually wind up being the first game on Friday, Trax vs. Davies.

A series win would be mighty fine...s'all I'm sayin'.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

i'd say there is a 20% chance of the mets getting swept and that scares me.
every year the braves start off slow, then sweep the mets in may en route to running away with the division. winning the series would be great, but we only have to avoid the sweep to not be "the same old mets"

jabair said...

speaking of adjectives...the walk glavine gave up was an intentional walk by the way...

being the MET-ro sexual that you are, you oughta know that its exfoliates, not expoliates... that would be a verb, incase you are keeping score at home...


all kidding aside, me being a glass half empty kinda guy..

after floyd got beaned and the warnings being issued, i would have liked for glavine to start the next inning with the intention of beaning the next pirate up.. glavine was already done for the night, so being tossed wouldnt really matter.. i would have done it to protect floyd.. yeah willie would have been tossed too but it would have been a "character building" ejection...

my 2.5 cents...

Metstradamus said...

As long as I spelled Glavine right that's all I'm worried about. But if I ever use "exfoliates" in this here blog again, I will now know how to spell it. Thank you.

I like the beaning idea, but build it with Julio. He could probably use some, and besides, a beaning from Julio will hurt at least a little. A beaning from Tom Glavine will hurt a major leaguer about as much as a pillow fight with a twelve year old.

elliot said...

Great work, Metstra. I enjoyed watching the tense game last night, and enjoyed reading your analysis this morning. Doubled my pleasure...

On the beaning, I am not sure if a beaning was warranted this time. The Pirate pitcher (if you could call him that) was ahead of Floyd. It was likely that this beaning was not retaliation as much as ineptitude.

Given that, if a beaning was warranted, they should have brought Zambrano in with the instructions to hit the batter in the head. He'd probably end up striking him out.

Joe said...

Here is a report from the lowest level of the Mets minor league organization:

The Columbus Ohio Mixed Recreational Softball League Mets got run ruled last night, 12-zip in a character building loss. Coach Joe came off the bench to hit a single for the Met's lone moral victory.

Everyone was a winner in the end though becuase nobody got hurt, but my back is really sore right now.

Metstradamus said...

Apparently Victor Zambrano is a softball pitcher for the Columbus Ohio Mixed Recreational Softball League Mets when it's not his turn in the rotation. 12-0? Ouch!

Joe said...

We're the Mets. Our starting pitcher was fine. Our closer gave up 12 runs.

mr. met said...

There are closers in softball? What's this world coming to?

Mets Beast said...

billy sucks it up again =[

jabair said...

BRADEN WAGNER!!!!

Mets Beast said...

hmm spoke too soon

Mets Beast said...

cliff cannot hit with the bases loaded

jabair said...
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jabair said...

I being the "ASSISTANT TO THE TRAVELLING SECRATARY" of the CLIFF FLOYD FAN CLUB had my resignation letter all typed up and ready. I was about to sign when Cliff hit that Bomb in the 11th..

Forgetting why I am a met fan and in a very immature move that defied my age, I crumpled up the letter and tossed it away.. And I didnt even save it...

Now I must rummage through the garbage, find it, uncrumple it, iron it, sign it...

damn cliff.... all you gotta do is to poke it through the infield....

11:32 PM

jabair said...

HEY JOHN!!!!

WHY CANT WE JUST FINISH THEM OFF???

jabair said...

DONT ANSWER THAT!!!

Mets Beast said...

fantastic game... wooo that was a crazy one... till tomorrow... man.