Tom Glavine is ready to return to the mound. The hill at Bank One Ballpark is one of his favorites.
Glavine hasn’t pitched since July 29, when he continued his forgettable first season in New York by straining his right ribcage in the first inning of his start against the Milwaukee Brewers.
He missed his scheduled start Sunday and received a cortisone shot. The veteran left-hander proclaimed himself ready to pitch after throwing on the side Tuesday and is now ready to try to turn around what has been a dismal stretch. He has lost three straight decisions and is just 1-8 in his last nine.
Bank One Ballpark might be the place to help Glavine get things straightened out. He is 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA in six career games in Phoenix.
While much of Glavine’s struggles have been his own doing, Arizona’s Brandon Webb can blame some of his on his teammates. The rookie right-hander is 0-2 in his last four starts despite allowing two runs or fewer in all of them. The Diamondbacks managed just four runs in that span, with all four games played on the road.
Raul Mondesi homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday as Arizona beat Montreal 5-4. The Diamondbacks swept the three-game series, won for the fourth time in five games and closed within three games of Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race.
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 28 GB, NL East. Diamondbacks - 2nd place, 11 GB, NL West.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Glavine (6-11, 5.10 ERA). Glavine is 7-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 11 career starts against Arizona.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Webb (7-4, 2.43 ERA). The right-hander won his last two home starts and is 4-0 in his last six starts at Bank One Ballpark. He was brilliant on April 27 in his lone career start against the Mets, giving up three hits and striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings of Arizona’s 6-1 victory.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Jason Phillips, .322 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 18 HRs and 62 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 59 runs; Jose Reyes, 10 SBs. Diamondbacks - Shea Hillenbrand, .317 avg.; Luis Gonzalez, 20 HRs, 75 RBIs and 74 runs; Steve Finley, 8 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Diamondbacks, 2-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - 1B Clark has five home runs in his last five games. … C Mike Piazza homered Thursday in his first game of a rehab assignment for Triple-A Norfolk. After serving as designated hitter Thursday, he is expected to catch in games this weekend and if all goes well he could be activated for Wednesday’s game against San Francisco. … SS Reyes had his fifth straight two-hit game Thursday. He has 12 multihit games in the last 19 contests. Diamondbacks - INF Hillenbrand has 33 RBIs in 40 games with Arizona. … Eleven of Arizona’s last 13 games have been decided by one run, with the Diamondbacks going 5-6 in that span. … RHP Webb’s 110 strikeouts lead NL rookies.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 24-32 on the road; Diamondbacks - 33-22 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. Diamondbacks - 1B Mark Grace (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL.