They never figured on him being relatively healthy but extremely hittable.
Glavine will try for his first win since mid-May when the Mets open a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
After 16 highly successful seasons in Atlanta, Glavine left the Braves following the 2002 season and signed a three-year, $35 million deal with the archrival Mets. Now 37, Glavine was expected to anchor an aging rotation alongside fellow left-hander Al Leiter.
So far, Glavine has looked every bit his age.
Aside from his first two seasons in Atlanta, when he went a combined 9-21 while still learning how to be a major league pitcher, Glavine has never had a losing season, compiling a 233-122 record, including five 20-win seasons, from 1989-2002.
This season so far has been one to forget. Glavine has not won since May 18, losing five of his last six starts with an unsightly 8.16 ERA in that span. For the season, he has allowed 14 home runs in just 92 innings and opponents are hitting .299 against him.
His season was summed up in his last outing as the New York Yankees pounded him for eight earned runs and 10 hits over just 4 1-3 innings of an eventual 9-8 loss on Saturday.
“I’m not going to say I pitched a mistake-free ballgame, but it’s better than what the linescore will show,” said Glavine, who was booed heartily by the crowd of 36,372 at Shea Stadium.
Glavine has allowed at least five earned runs in five of his 16 starts this season.
On Wednesday, the Mets missed out on an opportunity to record their first three-game sweep of the season, losing 11-4 to the Montreal Expos. New York has lost 10 of its last 13.
With Thursday’s 8-7 loss to the Pirates, the Reds finished 4-8 on a four-city road trip to Arizona, St. Louis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, their most losses on a road swing since they dropped eight of nine at Cleveland, San Francisco and San Diego in June 2000.
Leading hitter Jose Guillen went 2-for-5 Thursday and is 13-for-30 (.433) over his last seven games.
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 16 1/2 GB, NL East. Reds - 4th place, 3 GB, NL Central.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Glavine (5-8, 4.89 ERA). The veteran southpaw has owned the Reds in his career, going 24-9 with a 3.38 ERA.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Jimmy Haynes (1-7, 5.90 ERA). The hard-throwing right-hander has pitched well over his last three starts, allowing five earned runs in 17 2-3 innings, but is 0-2. He was the losing pitcher in the Reds’ 3-1 loss to Cleveland on Sunday, despite not allowing an earned run and just three hits in six innings. Haynes is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Jason Phillips, .324 avg.; Jeromy Burnitz, 15 HRs; Cliff Floyd, 43 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 48 runs; Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs. Reds - Jose Guillen, .350 avg.; Adam Dunn, 23 HRs and 52 runs; Austin Kearns, 57 RBIs; Aaron Boone, 12 SBs.
2002 SEASON SERIES: Mets, 4-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - LHP Leiter will miss his start Saturday after getting his sore right knee drained. Leiter might not be back until after the All-Star break. … INF Rey Sanchez is hitting .429 (3-for-7) against RHP Haynes while OF Cedeno is hitting .400 (2-for-5). … C-1B Jason Phillips is batting .456 with a homer and 10 RBIs in his last 15 starts. Reds - RHP Ryan Wagner, the Reds’ top pick in the June draft, was promoted to Triple-A Louisville from Double-A Chattanooga. … The Reds have drawn 1,179,092 in 42 home games. They are averaging 29,477 per game, 11th in the league. … The Reds’ No. 1-6 hitters went a combined 10-for-24 on Thursday (.417).
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 17-25 on the road; Reds - 21-19 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; INF Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL. Reds - INF Ryan Freel (hamstring), 15-day DL; LHP Kent Mercker (back), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL.