Monday, August 6, 2007

Glavine wins 300!

Five nights ago his teammates failed him; yesterday, they didn't. Carlos Delgado, drove in more runs than the Cubs scored and the first two Mets in the batting order, Reyes and Castillo, combined for seven hits.

Through five innings, Tom Glavine was magnificent. He didn't allow a run until the sixth and left the game in the bottom of the seventh with one out and a runner on second.

Guillermo Mota replaced Glavine, who'd thrown 102 pitches. In Glavine's previous outing, Mota couldn't hold the lead, yielding the game-tying hit. Yesterday, Mota faced one batter, who singled, and then was pulled from the game.

Three relievers worked the bottom of the seventh. They allowed two more runs to score, but the inning ended with the Mets still ahead, 5-3.

Glavine won his 300th in his 659th game.

Since 1990 Glavine is only the fourth pitcher to reach the 300 plateau. The others are Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux. Maddux was the last to do it, accomplishing the feat on August 7, 2004.

Tom Glavine isn't the first Met to win 300 games, but is the first Met to win 300 while wearing a Mets uniform. Another Tom, Tom Seaver, won 311; however, Seaver won his 300th as a Cincinnati Red.

Glavine missed doing it on the same day as Seaver by one. Seaver won his 300th 22 years ago on August 4 while pitching for the other Chicago team, the White Sox.

The number of games that Glavine's will win as a Met won't come close to the number Seaver won. With his 300th win, Glavine has won 58 games as a Met, only four more than he's lost. In comparison, Seaver won 198 as a Met, 76 more than he lost.

In second place is Dwight Gooden who, in his 11 seasons with the Mets won 157 games, 72 more than he lost, giving him the best Won-Lost Percentage, .649 (calculated by dividing the total number of wins by the total number of decisions).

In third place is Jerry Koosman, who pitched for the Mets during his first 12 seasons, accumulating 140 Met wins which, coincidentally, like Glavine, was only three more than he lost.

In fourth place is Ron Darling with 99 Met wins, one more than fifth-place-holder Sid Fernandez. Darling accumulated his wins during nine seasons with the Mets and is the only member of the top five to pitch for the Mets, leave the Mets to pitch for another team (Montreal Expos), and then later rejoin the Mets.

It took Fernandez 10 seasons to gain his 98 Met wins. However, Fernandez had a much better ERA than did Darling, 3.14 versus 3.50. In fact, Darling is the only member of the top five in wins whose ERA is above 3.14.

The most wins by an active player no longer on the Mets is 66. Steve Trachsel notched that many during his six seasons with the Mets.

Pedro Martinez is number 48 on the list with only 24 victories as a Met. Surprisingly, Martinez has only 206 career wins as of July 27 though he's been pitching in the Majors since 1992.

1 comment:

  1. As a lifelong Phillies fan, I must make the following comparison. The Mets increased their salary from 2006 to 2007 by $17 million to $117,915,819. They could do this mainly because they own their own TV rights. The Phillies on the other hand increased their payroll by $1 million to $89,368,314, a difference of almost $30 million. And to think the Mets are only 5 games ahead of the Phillies.