Two pitchers in the New York Mets organization, one nearing the end of his playing career, the other nearing completion of his first full season, led their teams to victory yesterday with similar performances.
At Shea, Tom Glavine showed that at age 41 he's still "master of the mound." Even if he were 20 years younger he couldn't have pitched much better than he did in an afternoon game against the Astros. He had a perfect game for five innings and ended his day pitching seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball. Of his 86 pitches, 54 (63%) were strikes. It was his 22nd quality start in 30 starts (73%).
Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner clinched the victory for Glavine, each pitching an inning of relief.
In Nashville, in the first round of the PCL playoffs, New Orleans starter Kevin Mulvey, age 22, pitched seven innings of shutout ball. He gave up four singles. And though he threw 88 pitches (57 were strikes), he didn't walk a batter.
Carlos Muniz, who was Mulvey's teammate at Double-A Binghamton for most of this season, pitched the final two innings. He did even batter, retiring all six batters he faced on three fly outs, a groundout, and a strikeout. Neither pitcher has yet to give up a run in Triple-A.
The Zephyrs victory clinched a spot for them in the second round of the PCL playoffs.
Though Glavine's name will likely be on the Mets roster for another year, at most, Mulvey's name should be on it for many years to come.