Glavine set to face former team
When Tom Glavine steps on the mound this afternoon to make his Grapefruit League season debut, he’ll be facing a group of guys wearing the same Mets uniform that he donned from 2003-2007. But he won’t exactly be seeing too many familiar faces.
Coming back from the WBC, Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran have been given a chance to rest for a few more days. Thus, the only familiar face Glavine will see today belongs to Jose Valentin.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Glavine performs. While completing a two-inning simulated game on Monday, it was obvious that he’s still lacking the arm strength that he’ll need to find success this year. His velocity rivaled that of a knuckleballer’s.
But his location was still pinpoint and he seemed to be encouraged. Maybe not as much as the ever-positive Bobby Cox. But still enough so that I got the sense that he still feels he’ll be able to pitch this year without having to endure embarrassment.
Over the next few weeks we’ll gain better indication about whether Glavine will truly be ready to make his first scheduled regular season start on April 18. The veteran southpaw, who had his left shoulder and left elbow surgically repaired in August, will turn 43 on Wednesday.
Today will also be an important one for Peter Moylan, who will be making his fourth Grapefruit League appearance. The Australian reliever, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, still believes he’ll be in the Atlanta bullpen on Opening Day.
Garret Anderson ran a little harder today than he had yesterday, when he first tested his strained right calf. Chipper Jones also took batting practice this morning. Both of these guys should be able to return to action within the next four-to-five days.
When I awoke this morning, I was in sole possession of an NCAA tourney pool that includes nearly 700 entries. My incorrect first-round selections were Clemson, Florida State and Wake Forest. Thanks ACC.
But given the choice between winning this pool or having my alma mater (Dayton) beat Dave O’Brien’s alma mater (Kansas) in the second round, I’ll glady choose the opportunity to make O’Brien feel as miserable as somebody being interrogated by Jack Bauer.
Jordan Schafer CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Brandon Jones LF
Jeff Francoeur RF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Omar Infante 3B
Dave Ross C
Tom Glavine P