After a rough first season in New York, Tom Glavine has finally returned to form. The Mets, however, aren’t doing much to help him out.
Glavine looks to help the Mets end their worst losing streak of the season as they conclude a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Glavine allowed just one earned run and five hits in eight innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, but did not get a decision in the Mets’ 2-1 loss. Thanks to an error by Kaz Matsui and an errant throw home from first baseman Jason Phillips one batter the later, the Twins scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
“Glavine pitched awesome, and even though we only had a 1-0 lead, it felt like we had the momentum the way Tommy was pitching,” catcher Vance Wilson said. “It’s just too bad we weren’t able to score two or three more runs and get him a win.”
Glavine has not received a decision in four of his 13 starts this season, despite allowing one or fewer runs in two of those outings. He has not given up more than four runs in any of his starts this season.
“I can’t worry about that,” the veteran left-hander said. “I just go out there the same way I always do. My job is to give us a chance to win, and my criteria for that is three runs or less. The only offense I worry about is the other team’s.”
Glavine went just 9-14 for the Mets last season after spending his first 16 seasons with the Atlanta Braves. However, the eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young award-winner feels like he’s finally found a groove.
“I’m on as good a run as I’ve ever been on, and I’ve got a ton of confidence every time I go out there,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got a game plan and a good chance to execute it.
“I know you don’t go 35 starts without getting out of sync. You’d like to, but it’s not realistic. That’s why you’ve got to take advantage because you know there are going to be times when this doesn’t happen.”
The Mets lost 4-3 to the Royals on Saturday, extending their losing streak to five games. Todd Zeile doubled and had an RBI for New York, which has scored just 14 runs during its slide.
Angel Berroa knocked in the winning run with one out in the ninth for the Royals, who have won three of their last five. Berroa finished with three RBIs, and Joe Randa added two doubles for Kansas City.
Royals general manager Allard Baird met with manager Tony Pena one day after announcing that he would be open to trade offers, including those for star center fielder Carlos Beltran. However, he said that nothing had happened yet.
“No news,” Baird said.