Dr. Penny and Mr. Hyde

Brad Penny walked four of the first 10 batters he faced and seemed utterly discombobulated over the first two innings, when he gave up a run-scoring single to a guy literally old enough to be his dad (Julio Franco) and an RBI double to a guy old enough to be his much, much older brother (Jose Valentin). But Penny settled in from there and now has retired four Mets batters in a row on a called third strike (David Wright) and three consecutive groundouts. Meanwhile, to continue the old-guy theme, Tom Glavine looks every bit the part of a staff ace. He has retired 11 of the first 12 Dodgers batters, the only exception being Penny’s bloop single to left with two outs in the third. Mets 2, Dodgers 0, top 4

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