The New York Mets haven’t been able to stay above the .500 mark for any sustained period of time this season.
New York dropped seven of eight after moving one game over .500 on June 3. The Mets then won seven of eight to move back over the break-even mark with a win Monday in this series’ opener.
However, the Reds snapped the Mets’ five-game winning streak with a 6-4, 12-inning victory Wednesday.
The Mets are in the midst of a 19-game stretch in which they play teams at or near the top of their respective divisions—the Reds four more times, the New York Yankees six times, Philadelphia three times, followed by a four-game series at NL East-leading Florida.
“There are some games that are, psychologically, more important than others.” Glavine said earlier this season, referring to the responsibility of being a team’s No. 1 starter. ”(Trying to end a losing streak) can be one of them.”
Pitching like the ace of a staff after a terrible first season in New York a year ago, Glavine is 25-9 with a 3.33 ERA in 42 career starts against Cincinnati, his most wins against any opponent.
The 38-year-old left-hander, 9-14 last year after signing with the Mets as a free agent, leads the major leagues with a 2.07 ERA.
New York will need Glavine to continue his impressive pitching in this game.
He will try to slow down Sean Casey, who is coming off the biggest game of the season in what’s shaping up as a career year for the first baseman.
Casey hit a pair of two-run homers—in the first and the 12th innings— among his career high-tying five hits. It was his seventh career multihomer game, third this season.
“Oh yeah, this is a common occurrence for me,” joked Casey, who finished 5-for-6 with three singles, raising his batting average 10 points to .361. “This is probably one of the best nights I’ve ever had in my career.”