I’ve got a 6:30 flight to Ft. Lauderdale, so this will be relatively quick.
I took two things out of tonight’s game. The first is Tom Glavine’s ability to pitch out of trouble. I hope Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey were taking notes. Glavine was not sharp, but he kept the ball down and got three DP grounders which changed the complexion of the game.
Glavine has walked 12 hitters already this season and blames the weather. “It’s hard to get a grip on the ball,” he said. “If you don’t get a good feel, it’s hard to have confidence in what you’re throwing.”
The second, obviously, was Moises Alou. He still has it. With all the off days and rainouts, he’s had plenty of rest. It will be interesting to see how Willie Randolph plans on keeping him rested during the season.
If he rests Alou and Shawn Green at least once a week, that’s 26 off days each and computes to 52 starts for Endy Chavez. The assumption, of course, is Randolph won’t rest both on the same day.
Lo Duca update: He has a bone bruise of his right index finger and said he hopes he’ll be able to play tomorrow night. About the pain, he said: “I wanted to go in the corner and cry.”