New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Saturday, May 14: Glavine ices the Redbirds, Cliff gets a curtain call, no decision yet on Strickland...
Mets 2, Cardinals 0. Tom Glavine
shut the Redbirds down on four hits in seven-plus innings and Cliff Floyd
contributed a pair of mammoth home runs as the Mets got a nine-game homestand off to a solid start.
Glavine had allowed 18 runs in his previous three starts, but Friday represented a return to his old aggressive, paint-the-corners style. He walked none and struck out three in the effort, which represented New York's 12th victory in 17 games at Shea Stadium.
The Mets are two games above .500 at 19-17.
COMEBACK TRAIL: LHP Kazuhisa Ishii shut down the Fort Myers Miracle over four nearly perfect innings in a rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets Friday.
Ishii, who is on the disabled list with a strained left lat, walked one and struck out three in the effort, throwing 49 pitches off the mound and 21 more in the bullpen. Ishii could be in line for a major league promotion if he does not experience a setback in the next four days.
CURTAINS FOR CLIFF: LF Cliff Floyd was called out for what he said was his first-ever curtain call on Friday, having rounded the bases after blasting Jason Marquis for a solo home run off the right-field scoreboard in the seventh inning.
Floyd looked a little uncomfortable rising up the steps to acknowledge the crowd, but raised his batting helmet to the sky and briefly enjoyed the cheers before ducking back inside to safety.
"I didn't know what to do," Floyd said. "I never had one before."
WHAT A RELIEF!: RHP Roberto Hernandez continued his career resurgence, saving the day in the eighth inning when he relieved Glavine with two on and none out.
Hernandez struck out pinch-hitter Jim Edmonds, then got John Mabry to ground to first before inducing David Eckstein to bounce back to the mound.
"You like a guy like that because he's been there and he's used to it," Randolph said.
NO RUSH: GM Omar Minaya said the club has not yet decided if RHP Scott Strickland will be promoted from Triple-A Norfolk by Sunday. If the club does not bring Strickland to New York, the 29-year-old reliever is contractually able to become a free agent.
"We have time, there's no reason to rush and make a decision," manager Willie Randolph said. "He's throwing pretty well and he's getting stronger."
SWITCHING BOROUGHS?: Minaya said RHP Steve Karsay, released by the Yankees this week, is a possibility to be signed for a relief role.
Pedro Martinez (4-1, 3.06) rematches against last year's World Series foes, the St. Louis Cardinals, in front of what should be an electric crowd at Shea Stadium. It's a good day to head out for pitching, with LHP Mark Mulder (5-1, 2.70) toeing the rubber for St. Louis.