Notes: Glavine holds esteem for Bonds
Mets southpaw views slugger as 'greatest player of our era'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tom Glavine, the Mets' starting pitcher Tuesday night against the Giants -- and Barry Bonds -- answered some questions about Bonds on Monday:
On how he believes players regard Bonds: "I think for the most part, when guys talk about it, there's always the discussion of the cloud that hangs over [Bonds' pursuit of the record]," said Glavine, "but also at the same time, an appreciation for what he's still able to do.
"He still has to go to home plate and he still has to hit the ball. Obviously, last year he struggled a little bit, but now he's doing it again this year and I think that's something guys still admire.
"Is he the greatest player of our era? Probably. I mean, he's done things that nobody in this game has ever done. Not just the home run part; he's a pretty complete player. There was the Barry who was the line drive -- little bit of a home run -- hitter, stolen base guy, who was a Hall of Famer. Now there's Barry the home run hitter, and he's a Hall of Famer too."
On the possibility of Bonds hitting Nos. 755 or 756 in late May, when the Giants play at Shea Stadium: "At the pace he's on, he's probably going to do it before we see him again [in late May]," Glavine said. "But if that situation came along, I can assure you I wouldn't want to be the guy who gives up the home run."
Shuffled: With David Wright still struggling and Barry Zito not the kind of left-handed pitcher Carlos Delgado is likely to hit well, Willie Randolph offered a revised batting order Monday night when the Mets opposed Zito.
In order, Randolph started: Jose Reyes, Wright, Carlos Beltran (back after not starting Sunday because of a sore left quadriceps), Moises Alou (in the lineup for the first time in four games), Delgado, Paul Lo Duca, Shawn Green and Damion Easley.
It ain't over till it's over: Evidently, that saying applies to slumps, as well. The three-run home run Wright hit in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks Thursday night was his lone hit in 18 at-bats in the series. Five hits in nine at-bats in the last two games against the Marlins last week had raised Wright's average to .273. He began the series in San Francisco batting .239.
All things are relative: What self-respecting pitcher would feel comfortable with an ERA of 81.00? Then again, 81.00 is a lot less than infinity. So it was Sunday that Lino Urdaneta happily reduced his number to 81.00 by doing something he never had done previously -- retiring a batter in a big-league game.
When he retired Conor Jackson of the Diamondbacks -- let the record show it was a groundout to second base -- Urdaneta's ERA plummeted to 162.00, and when the ensuing batter, Orlando Hudson, was also retired, Urdaneta's ERA was halved and put at 81.00, or what it would be if a pitcher allowed 81 runs in nine innings.
A third out would halved it again, but Eric Byrnes doubled, and Urdaneta was removed, temporarily making him -- what else? -- a halve-not.
Urdaneta had faced six big-league batters before Sunday, walking one and allowing five hits. All six of those baserunners scored. Until Jackson's out, Urdaneta and two pitchers from the 1800's were the only players in history to allow six runs without retiring a batter in a career. No one had allowed more.
"It was no big deal for me," Urdaneta said. "When they told me I was in the game, I thought about keeping the score the same. I thought about doing my job. Not before ... now. The present."
Adding an arm: The Mets have all but signed right-handed pitcher Brian Lawrence to a Minor League contract. Lawrence, who turns 31 next week, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2005 with the Padres, missing last season because of shoulder surgery. The Rockies released Lawrence last month.
The Bambino of the basepaths: There were years when Babe Ruth hit more home runs than entire teams. And last season, Reyes stole more bases, 64, than three National League teams. But through Sunday, Reyes had 19 steals, and that would have ranked sixth in the National League if he were a team.
Picture imperfect: Reyes led off for the Mets on Monday night, as he has in every other game this season. The Giants weren't watching, evidently. The center-field scoreboard showed a picture of Jose A. Reyes, a Minor League catcher in the Mets' system.
Where no Met has gone before: John Maine has won his first five decisions, equaling what Pedro Martinez did last year, though Martinez did it in five starts, and Maine has made six. The club record for victories without a loss at the beginning of the season is 10, by Terry Leach in 1987. He finished his season with an 11-1 record. Pat Mahomes won his only eight decisions, all in relief, in 1999. Frank Viola won his first seven starts in 1990, and Tom Gorman produced a 6-0 record in 1985.
This date in Mets history -- May 8: Jay Hook, the winning pitcher in the Mets' first-ever recorded win -- in their 10th game -- gained his second victory and the Mets' fifth in their 21st game, beating the Cubs in a 3-1 victory at Wrigley Field on this date in 1962. Hook pitched a complete game and allowed the game's lone extra-base hit. Hook gained his first victory of the 1963 season one year later in a complete game against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds.
Fernando Valenzuela made his seventh big-league start, pitching his sixth complete game and his fifth shutout, against the Mets in a 1-0 Dodgers victory at Shea Stadium on this date in 1981.
Ed Lynch pitched the lone shutout of his 98-start tenure with the Mets on this date in 1985, beating the Braves in a 4-0 game at Shea.
And beginning in 2000, the Mets' record on this date is 0-5.
Coming up: Glavine, stuck on career victory 293 for three starts, makes his eighth start of the season, facing Matt Cain of the Giants in a 10:15 p.m. ET game in San Francisco. Glavine is winless in his last three starts against the Giants.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.