Pitching will determine how deep the Mets go into October, and they have to be encouraged by Tom Glavine’s strong start against the Dodgers—6 1/3 scoreless innings. Glavine struggled for a month, but started to come around before the scare about a possible blood clot.
His start last Friday in Houston was about health; tonight was about sharpness. If he finishes out the month the way he did tonight, he’s got to be a Game 1 starter.
The Mets are talking positive about Pedro Martinez, but considering his fragility, anything they say about him has to be taken with a grain of salt. Even if he’s effective at first, his durability must remain a question.
Given that, assuming John Maine continues to pitch well, one would have to figure the Mets will find a way of getting him on the playoff roster. They might not bump a pitcher for him – it won’t be Steve Trachsel – but add and go with one less position player.