Tom Glavine remained stuck on 298 career wins, lasting 2.0 innings while giving up 6 runs on 10 hits, but the Mets offense was even better, eventually defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-9. The two teams combined for 35 hits and both starters, Glavine and the Dodgers’ Derek Lowe, were unable to reach the fourth inning.
Coming into the season, Glavine needed only ten wins to join the exclusive 300-career win club, an automatic ticket into the Hall of Fame. Though Glavine would probably make the Hall even if he didn’t reach 300, it would certainly be a helping hand once he decides to hang up the rosin bag. Glavine has struggled this season, earning an 8-6 record after last night’s game with a 4.51 ERA, which is the second highest ERA he has had since since he became a full time starter in the Major Leagues.
Some are wondering whether Glavine is putting off winning his 300th game in an effort to stay around baseball a little longer. Though he hasn’t made any official announcement regarding his retirement, some believe it could happen immediately after he clinches the 300th victory. The only factor that may keep him playing longer is the fact that the Mets are fighting for a playoff spot. Whether he finishes the season or not, many are interested to see what Glavine decides at the end of the season. He clearly doesn’t have the stuff that he used to, but in the National League he should be able to still garner double-digit wins, something he has done every year except for one (his first with the Mets) since 1989.