Tom Glavine couldn’t have envisioned his first season in New York going quite this poorly.
The veteran left-hander tries to put an end to his struggles when the Mets resume a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Shea Stadium.
New York is 4-14 over its last 18 games, falling 26 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. Glavine has been a major disappointment for the Mets since leaving the Braves to sign with New York this past offseason.
“This game is about results, and when you’re not getting results it’s frustrating,” Glavine said after Thursday’s 5-1 loss to Montreal.
A two-time Cy Young Award winner with Atlanta, Glavine lost for the eighth time in his last nine decisions, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings.
Glavine spent his first 16 seasons with the Braves before signing a four-year deal with the Mets last December. He is in danger of having his first losing season since 1990, when he went 10-12. That was also the last year Atlanta failed to make the playoffs.
“Believe me, if I don’t feel like I can go out there and win games, I’ll be the first to admit it and walk away,” said Glavine, who has seen his ERA rise from 3.41 to 5.15 over his last 11 starts. “I still feel I have the stuff to get people out and win games. It’s been tough for me.”
Richie Sexson homered and drove in two runs for the Brewers, who stopped a three-game losing streak. Milwaukee has won three straight at Shea Stadium, the Brewers’ longest winning streak in New York since they moved into the National League in 1998.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 15 GB, NL Central. Mets - 5th place, 26 GB, NL East.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ben Sheets (9-7, 3.87 ERA). The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA over his last four starts. Sheets held Houston to one run and five hits in seven innings to earn a 2-1 win Thursday. Sheets beat the Mets 5-3 on June 5. He held New York to three runs and six hits in seven innings, improving to 1-1 lifetime against the Mets.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Glavine (6-11, 5.15 ERA). Glavine had a 209-102 record for a .672 winning percentage with Atlanta from 1991-2002. He’s 5-2 with a 4.80 ERA in eight career starts against Milwaukee.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Podsednik, .297 avg. and 21 SBs.; Sexson, 29 HRs, 80 RBIs and 65 runs. Mets - Jason Phillips, .316 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 17 HRs and 56 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 55 runs; Wigginton and Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 4-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - 1B Sexson is 0-for-6 lifetime against Glavine. … OF Podsednik leads NL rookies in stolen bases (21), runs scored (55), walks (34) and multihit games (29) since moving into the Brewers’ starting lineup on May 13. … RHP Sheets has thrived on the road this year, going 6-2 with a 3.96 ERA. Mets - Wigginton is 5-for-6 with a home run against Sheets. … LHP Graeme Lloyd was traded to Kansas City Monday for minor league RHP Jeremy Hill. … 1B-C Phillips is hitless in 10 at-bats against Milwaukee this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 23-28 on the road; Mets - 21-31 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike 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.