“Tom Glavine”:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=4122 is done for the night, giving up a run on six hits in six innings. He threw 89 pitches. The Mets couldn’t have scripted it up any better.
Glavine is a six-inning pitcher these days, seven if he’s really good. That’s all the Mets are expecting of him. The blueprint is for him to pitch well and turn the game over to the bullpen with the lead.
If he can do that, and Orlando Hernandez does the same, the Mets figure they’ll win their fair share and take their chances with the back end of the rotation.
Gone are the days when Glavine and Hernandez can be consistently counted on for seven-plus innings.