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July 3, 2007
  
Daily Mets Recap: July 3rd, 2007
by: David Simons, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on Jul 3, 2007 9:26 AM | Filed under: Articles

The Game

“There’s nothing that cleanses a soul like getting the hell kicked out of you” – Woody Hayes

The Mets brought their ‘Z’ game to Colorado last night, snoozing their way to an uninspired 6-2 loss. Met fans could be forgiven for thinking the team charter had a two-hour layover in Guam – these guys looked gassed.

Really gassed, in the case of Tom Glavine. Tom Turkey is a classy guy, but he’s finished as a top-of-the-line pitcher. Done, washed up, cancelled, played out, over, fried, through, kaput. “But he has almost 300 wins! He’s gotta be doing something right!” Yeah, and Julio Franco’s got almost 2600 hits. Next.

“But Glavine was rock solid in back-to-back starts before last night!” Yeah – against the A’s, whose idea of a cleanup hitter is Eric Chavez, and the Cardinals, fielding a lineup of Albert Pujols and the seven dweebs. Sure, Glavine can still use his “guile” to sneak by hitters that don’t have command of the strike zone; he can still fool the Giants and Nationals. But he doesn’t have anything remotely resembling an out pitch, and against professional hitters on good teams or bad, that simply won’t do.

Exhibit A is last night’s third inning. First and third, one out, Matt Holliday at the plate for the Rockies. Glavine gets ahead 0-2 on a called strike and a foul – Tom doesn’t miss bats – but he just can’t put him away. He resorts to nibbling, hoping that he can fool either Holliday or the home plate ump. But guys don’t get to hit .350 by swinging at pitches half a foot out of the strike zone, even in Coors Field. The count runs to 3-2; he can’t walk him to load the bases for Grizzly Bear Todd Helton, so he comes inside with a “fastball” that Holliday crushes for his 14th homer and a 3-0 Colorado lead.

It got worse. Helton lined out, but the next three batters reached base, with Brad Hawpe singling in a run and taking second as Carlos Beltran threw into third. The Mets intentionally walked the #8 hitter to bring up pitcher Jason Hirsh, who entered the game with a lifetime batting average of .024. Hirsh lined a single to right to put the Rockies up 6-0. These things happen when you don’t have an out pitch.

Of course, against the Mets, any pitch is an out pitch, at least when they decide to enter full on “dogging it” mode. Hirsh entered the game with an ERA on the wrong side of five, but he breezed through six shutout innings on 62 pitches. Paul LoDuca finally knocked him out of the game – by trying to pick him off third base, which he’d reached after his second hit off Glavine, causing him to twist up his ankle. That’s our feisty #2 hitter there.

Jose Reyes was feisty (if not downright reckless) for seven seconds in the eighth inning, turning a clean single to center into a double right before your very eyes. That drove Ruben Gotay to third – he had singled after fouling off four 3-2 pitches from Jorge Julio. Gotay was the only Met batter to foul off a two-strike pitch all night. He was also one of the only Mets that didn’t look like he’d rather be back at the hotel bar. Lucky for Jose Valentin that Willie Randolph doesn’t notice these kinds of things.

 

The Haiku

Rox deep six Glavine
Humidor in full effect
For the Mets, that is

 

The Boxscore

NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 .316
Lo Duca, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .280
Beltran, CF 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 .271
Wright, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .290
Delgado, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .229
Green, RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .276
Valentin, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .261
  Smith, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Ledee, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200
Gomez, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .255
Glavine, P 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .310
  Gotay, 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .310
Totals 35 2 7 1 1 3 13  

a-Flied out for Smith in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Wright (21, Hirsh), Reyes (17, Julio), Green (16, Corpas).
TB: Reyes 2; Wright 3; Green 3; Gomez; Gotay.
RBI: Beltran (50).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reyes 2; Delgado 2; Gotay.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Wright (18, 2nd base off Julio/Iannetta).

 
Colorado AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Taveras, CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 .313
  Corpas, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Carroll, 2B 4 1 2 0 1 0 1 .213
Holliday, LF 5 1 1 3 0 0 4 .347
Helton, 1B 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .307
Atkins, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 6 .247
Tulowitzki, SS 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .278
Hawpe, RF 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 .295
Iannetta, C 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .205
Hirsh, P 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 .103
  1-Francis, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
  Affeldt, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Julio, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Sullivan, PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .417
Totals 32 6 9 6 6 3 13  

a-Grounded out for Julio in the 8th.
1-Ran for Hirsh in the 6th.


BATTING
HR: Holliday (14, 3rd inning off Glavine, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Taveras 2; Carroll 2; Holliday 4; Atkins; Hawpe; Hirsh 2.
RBI: Holliday 3 (65), Hawpe (56), Hirsh 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Hawpe; Hirsh 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Atkins 3; Taveras.
S: Taveras.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Atkins (8, throw).

 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Glavine (L, 7-6) 6.0 9 6 6 5 3 1 4.39
Smith 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.73
 
Colorado IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hirsh (W, 4-7) 6.0 3 0 0 1 2 0 4.90
Affeldt 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.65
Julio 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 0 6.31
Corpas 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.63

WP: Julio.
IBB: Iannetta (by Glavine).
Pitches-strikes: Glavine 112-61, Smith 24-15, Hirsh 62-46, Affeldt 14-9, Julio 26-17, Corpas 15-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Glavine 6-9, Smith 4-2, Hirsh 6-10, Affeldt 2-1, Julio 2-1, Corpas 1-1.
Batters faced: Glavine 32, Smith 7, Hirsh 22, Affeldt 4, Julio 6, Corpas 4.
Umpires: HP: Marty Foster. 1B: Fieldin Culbreth. 2B: Travis Reininger. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 95 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, R to L.
T: 2:25.
Att: 27,252.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

 

The Credits

Recap by David Simons
Haiku by Howard Megdal


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