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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Whew!

The New York Post (and at least two major sports websites are running with the story) is reporting that Tom Glavine's shoulder contains a number of small clots which require no more than medication to clear up. This means that Glavine will probably not need to miss too much time from the rotation.

This is some much needed good news for a team marred in a major run of bad karma. Since Duaner Sanchez hurt his shoulder trying to satisfy a case of the late night munchies, the Mets have been a walking black cat. They were forced to trade Xavier Nady for the pitcher formerly known as Roberto Hernandez, Cliff Floyd's achillies acted up (and his sister died), Jose Valentine's hammy got strained, Ramon Castro hurt his knee stretching (!!!), staff ace Pedro Martinez hurt his calf and then news came out that Glavine's season might be over. The starting outfield right now would have trouble in the little league world series.

With the possible losses of Pedro and Glavine, it would have meant that only the immortal Steve Trachsel would have remained from the opening day rotation. Instead, if Glavine is, indeed, healthy and Pedro returns for the playoffs as expected (and doesn't get hurt again), the Mets playoff pitchers are Pedro, Glavine El Duque, Trachsel and Maine - probably a stronger group than the original five men from April.

3 Comments:

  • I'm glad Glavine is okay but I think you guys have pitching concerns. Pedro's health is shaky and Glavine, at 40, hasn't been that good recently. On the positive side, you still have a shot to win the pennant because the NL is weak.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 4:12 PM  

  • JB - Whatever pitching problems the Mets have, there isn't an NL team who can do better. Sure Pedro has been about as durable as tissue paper in high rain, but he's still Pedro and you know he will be there for the PLayoffs. Glavine has actually pitched pretty weel in his last three outings but has been plagued by poor run support (not to mention some blood clots in his throwing shoulder).

    At the end of the day, I stand by my predictions. Barring a significant injury, the Mets should represent the NL in the world series, but I can't really see them beating any AL team with a shot at getting there (except maybe the dehumanized Sox).

    By Blogger Elster, at 4:23 PM  

  • I agree. I think the Mets have a good shot at getting to the World Series. Like you, I find it hard to see any NL team winning it all.

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 10:10 PM  

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