Two hits. That's all the Mets managed to get last night in their six inning game at Shea against the Cards. Fortunately, one of those hits was David Wright's two-run homer.
The Mets pair of hits was one more hit than the Cards got as Tom Glavine shut out the Cards in the rain-shortened game, picking up his 297th win in the process.
The Mets fared better than did their two top farm teams. The Zephyrs lost 3-1 as former Met prospect, Craig Brazell, slammed his league-leading 22nd home run. Dave Williams got the loss. This was Williams' first start this season, the layoff a result of neck surgery performed last January. His return was significant given that a sore shoulder removed starter Adam Bostick from the rotation and onto the DL. Hopefully, Williams can pitch better than Bostick, another leftie, who was 3-5 with a 6.71 ERA.
Down two notches, the Mets' Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Mets, suffered their seventh loss in the last 10 games. The loser, Kevin Mulvey, the Mets top draft choice in the 2006 player draft. Mulvey's record sank below .500. It makes you wonder whether the ex-Villanova star will be able to crack a Mets starting rotation that now consists of Glavine, Hernandez, Maine, Perez, and Sosa. Not one of them is a product of the Met's farm system.
Think the Mets' need pitching help? In this year's player draft, of the first first 12 players the Mets' drafted, 8 were pitchers? (The others were infielders.) Their top choice, Oregon State's Eddie Kunz, is a reliever. Strangely, though BaseballAmerica ranked him #87 overall, the Mets picked him 42nd. In the 2007 college World Series, which Oregan State won, Kunz pitched just two thirds of an inning. Most of the relief work was done by Joe Paterson, whom the Giants drafted in the tenth round. At least Kunz wasn't overused.