Notes: Glavine laments tough outing
Southpaw restless following disappointing no-decision
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Glavine grew up in New England, has made his offseason home outside Atlanta and works in New York. He is a decidedly Eastern time zone guy, so it was understandable that he awoke at 4 a.m. on Friday. Ever-honest, Glavine conceded something other than his body clock had awakened him, though.Sound sleep wasn't readily attained after what he had endured on Thursday night. A six-run rally in the first inning had enhanced his chance of gaining the 299th victory of his career. But Glavine was gone after he had faced four batters -- and retired none -- in the third. The Mets won, but he wasn't eligible to be the winning pitcher. And all that disturbed his sleep. "I was replaying the game," he said. "Not replaying it as much as just getting that awful feeling again." The experience wasn't new to Glavine. The game on Thursday was the fourth during his tenure with the Mets in which he had had a lead of at least six runs and not won. In 10 others, a lead of at least six runs moved him closer to 300. Backing off: Although Billy Wagner was warming up in the ninth inning of the Mets' 13-9 victory on Thursday night, he wasn't summoned even though the Dodgers had two runners on base and the middle of the batting order due up. Willie Randolph said he wanted to limit Wagner's work a bit and that not using the closer after he had warmed up saved some bullets nonetheless. Wagner didn't appear in the Mets series in San Diego and entered the game on Friday night having not pitched since Sunday, when he earned his 20th save. Follow through: Though the Mets won on Thursday night, they were out-hit by the Dodgers, 19-16. Twice previously they had allowed 19 hits and won. They were out-hit in one of the two. ... Through Thursday, the Mets and Dodgers had played 532 games against each other. Only once before their victory on Thursday night had the Mets scored more than 12 runs. They beat the Dodgers, 13-4, on May 16, 1982. The 13 runs were the byproduct of 12 hits -- 11 singles -- and four Dodgers errors. ... Before Thursday, the Mets had lost 18 straight games in which their starting pitcher allowed at least four runs. Dugout Darwinism: After a reporter finished with chatting with Joe Smith on Friday, John Maine chatted with the reporter and asked "What was that all about?" "The evolution of a rookie," the reporter said. To which Maine said: "Oh, I didn't know he'd evolved." Bumper to bumpkin: Wagner revels in his rural roots. When the dugout conversation turned to traffic in L.A. as opposed to traffic in New York, he added his take: "I don't know if cars have horns in Virginia." A man of character: Randolph has seen parts of the early episodes of "The Bronx is Burning," the series about the summer of 1977 in New York City that centers on the tumultuous Yankees season that he experienced first-hand. He had found no fault with the series but said he generally doesn't care for baseball movies or shows.
"Cause I've been there in the real thing," he said. "I think most of them are hokey."His character has appeared in the episodes, and Randolph is fine with how he has been depicted.
"I just thought they'd get a better looking guy," he said.His suggestion: Denzel Washington. This date in Mets history -- July 21: An error by Bill Mazeroski, of all people, allowed a run to score in the fifth inning of what became a 1-0 Mets victory at Forbes Field in 1965. Al Jackson pitched a two-hitter in the ninth of his 14 career shutouts. The Mets had five hits against future Mets pitcher Don Cardwell. ... On July 21, 1972, Willie Mays hit a two-run home run in his first game back in San Francisco after being traded to the Mets. The Mets beat the Giants, 3-1. ... With the bottom of the order -- Mark Carreon, Charlie O'Brien and Dwight Gooden -- driving in eight runs in a two-inning sequence against former teammate Bobby Ojeda, the Mets beat the Dodgers, 9-4, at Shea Stadium on this date in 1991. ... Aaron Heilman gained his first big-league victory on this date in 2003. He was the winning pitcher in the Mets' 8-6 victory against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Cliff Floyd, Joe McEwing and Jason Phillips hit home runs. Jose Reyes batted second behind Jeff Duncan. Coming up: Having beaten Jake Peavy on Tuesday night, the Mets face another leading Cy Young Award candidate on Saturday afternoon at 3:55 ET. Brad Penny starts for the Dodgers opposite Jorge Sosa. FOX carries the game.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.