Heilman hopes to turn things around and pick up his first win at Shea Stadium as the Mets conclude their four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Heilman, the 18th overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft, has yet to live up to the expectations that come with being a first-round pick. The 24-year-old right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.59 ERA in six starts since getting called up from Triple-A Norfolk. Opponents are hitting .305 against him.
He has been especially bad at home, going 0-3 with a 7.04 ERA in four starts.
The Mets are hoping Heilman can follow the example of veteran Al Leiter.
Leiter pitched seven sharp innings as the Mets beat the Brewers 2-0 on Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak. Leiter cruised in his third straight strong start since coming off the disabled list July 20.
Rookie Jose Reyes tripled and scored for the Mets, who won for only the fifth time in 21 games.
Wes Obermueller pitched well for Milwaukee but lost for the fourth time in four big league starts. Obermueller allowed two runs—one earned—and three hits in six innings.
Milwaukee will turn to struggling right-hander Matt Kinney on Thursday. Kinney is 6-8 with a 5.26 ERA.
Kinney will be happy when July is over as he’s 0-2 with a 9.12 ERA in five starts.
The Brewers had won four straight in New York before Wednesday—their longest winning streak at Shea Stadium.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 15 GB, NL Central. Mets - 5th place, 26 GB, NL East.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Kinney (6-8, 5.26 ERA). Kinney failed to earn a decision after allowing five runs and six over just 2 2-3 innings in the Brewers’ 13-8 loss to Colorado on Saturday. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA in three starts against New York.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Heilman (1-3, 7.59 ERA). Heilman yielded six runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in an 8-3 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .296 avg. and 21 SBs.; Richie Sexson, 29 HRs and 80 RBIs; Geoff Jenkins and Sexson, 65 runs. Mets - Jason Phillips, .322 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 17 HRs and 57 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 55 runs; Wigginton and Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 5-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - LHP Glendon Rusch was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. Rusch is 1-12 with a 7.21 ERA and has not won since April 8 at Pittsburgh … 1B Sexson has four strikeouts in his last eight at-bats. … 3B Wes Helms in an 0-for-13 slump. Mets - OF Floyd is 7-for-8 with two home runs and seven RBIs lifetime against RHP Kinney. … LHP Tom Glavine, who left Tuesday’s outing after one inning because of a right ribcage strain, got a cortisone shot and may miss his next start Sunday against St. Louis. … C Mike Piazza worked out behind the plate before Wednesday’s game, fielding bunts, blocking balls in the dirt and retrieving wild pitches for the first time since going on the disabled list with a severely strained right groin May 17.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 24-28 on the road; Mets - 21-32 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - LHP Rusch (groing), 15-day DL; 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 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.