New York (42-58) at Washington (51-50)

Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC
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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Jul 24, 2003
  • TV: WPIX
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Tom Glavine and Livan Hernandez are both World Series MVP award-winning pitchers who changed teams in the offseason.

Only one of their new clubs can be satisfied with its acquisition.

Glavine tries to avoid a third straight loss, while Hernandez seeks his fourth straight win when the New York Mets face the Montreal Expos.

The Mets were supposed to have landed the best pitcher available when they signed Glavine away from the Atlanta Braves. But the MVP of the 1995 World Series has been one of the many disappointments on the Mets and is headed toward one of the worst seasons of his career.

Glavine has finished below .500 in just two of his 15 full seasons in the majors, but he seems to be headed there again after winning just once in the last two months.

Hernandez, on the other hand, has turned into a reliable starter as the Expos try to chase the NL wild card. The Cuban right-hander has won three straight decisions and has pitched into the eighth inning in each of his last four starts.

Hernandez, the MVP of the 1997 World Series while with the Florida Marlins, was traded to Montreal prior to the season after pitching poorly for the San Francisco Giants in last year’s series.

The Expos used a five-run first inning and 11 strikeouts from Javier Vazquez to beat the Mets 5-2 Wednesday in the opener of this two-game series.

“That’s what we wanted to do,” Montreal’s Ron Calloway said. “We wanted to start this homestand off with a win and we were able to jump on them early. Hopefully that will build some momentum.”

Montreal snapped a four-game losing streak, while New York lost for the 11th time in its last 14.

STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 24 GB, NL East. Expos - 4th place, 15 1/2 GB, NL East.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Glavine (6-10, 5.10 ERA). The veteran left-hander yielded seven runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss to Atlanta on Saturday. He has lost seven of his last eight decisions and has just one win in his last 10 starts. He is 23-15 with a 3.46 ERA in 47 career games against Montreal.

EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Hernandez (9-6, 3.63 ERA). After pitching a three-hitter and a seven-hitter in his previous two starts, Hernandez went 7 1-3 innings and left without a decision in Montreal’s 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. He is 2-0 in three starts against the Mets this season but only 5-7 with a 5.01 ERA in 16 lifetime starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Jason Phillips, .318 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 16 HRs and 53 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 53 runs; Wigginton and Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs. Expos - Jose Vidro, .333 avg.; Orlando Cabrera, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs and 64 runs; Endy Chavez, 15 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Expos, 7-4.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - 1B Phillips had an RBI single Wednesday and has hit in 11 straight games. … C Mike Piazza took living batting practice Wednesday for the first time since going on the DL with a groin injury two months ago. Expos - Wednesday’s game opened a 12-game homestand, Montreal’s longest of the season at Olympic Stadium. … 2B Vidro didn’t start Wednesday because of a strained knee and is day-to-day. … OF Vladimir Guerrero is 2-for-5 with an RBI in two games since returning Monday from a herniated disc.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 22-30 on the road; Expos - 29-18 at home.

INJURIES: Mets - C Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL. Expos - 3B Fernando Tatis (chest), 15-day DL; RHP Zach Day (tendinitis), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Dan Smith (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Scott Stewart (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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T. Glavine Atl vs. L. Hernández Mil
9-14 Record 15-10
4.52 ERA 3.20
82 K 178
66 BB 57
1.48 WHIP 1.21