Shea Stadium | 7:10 | Gorzelanny vs. Tom Glavine | Box
The Pirates lost a game, yes, but that’s not important. It’s what else they may have lost that worries me the most.
Tom Gorzelanny left tonight after 2.1 innings having allowed 7 hits, 3 walks and 6 earned runs. It was announced during the broadcast that Gorzelanny felt stiffness in his left shoulder. Coupled with Ian Snell’s recent slump, this setback takes a little shine off a Pirate rotation that was bright as the sun entering the All-Star break.
Jason Bay hit his third home run in two games, but Tom Glavine was quietly effective, throwing six innings of three-run ball as the Mets sunk the Bucs, 6-3. The victory was the 299th of Glavine’s career.
We’ll know more in the next day or so as to how serious an injury to Gorzelanny this may be. He’d thrown more than 100 pitches in each of his last six starts, including his high-water mark for the season, 123, on June 19. Gorzo threw at least 90 pitches in all of his 20 starts this year entering this evening’s contest.
Tim Dierkes wrote four days ago that Gorzelanny might be a sell-high candidate in fantasy baseball leagues because of overuse:
Gorzelanny pitched 161.3 innings last year, about 62% of which occurred at Triple A. Now we’re looking at around 210-215 innings in 2007, all at the big league level. For a guy who had injury concerns last year, a 40-50 inning jump is a massive red flag waving in front of your face.
Dierkes referenced a post Jake made at Bucco Blog on the matter.
When the inevitable comparisons are drawn between the two starting pitchers tonight, Tom Gorzelanny should be very proud of himself.
The “crafty left-hander” tag is put on just about every southpaw who doesn’t throw as hard as Randy Johnson these days, so we’ll hear this evening about how similar Glavine and Gorzo are—even if their arsenals don’t quite match up.
No matter what, though, Gorzelanny’s in good company. To be mentioned in the same breath as Glavine—who will work for his 299th career win tonight against Pittsburgh—is an honor. Glavine was a perennial Cy Young candidate while with the Braves, and his career is still going strong.
If Gorzelanny turns out to be a new and improved version of his mound opponent, the Pirates will have done well for themselves.
Let’s hope that Jason Bay continues to see the ball well, as his career numbers indicate he should. In 14 career at-bats against Glavine, Bay has six hits (including a double and a home run) and two runs batted in. He’s walked once, too, contributing to his .429/.467/.714 line. It’s a microscopic sample size, sure, but we’re looking for any signs of life that our slugger’s back to his old ways.