New York (60-73) at Philadelphia (65-68)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 3, 2004
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Gavin Floyd makes his major league debut as he takes the mound for the struggling Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series with the New York Mets.

Floyd, the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft, makes his anticipated debut at home. Floyd is widely considered the organization’s best prospect— despite his 7-9 record between Double-A and Triple-A.

“I can’t be too stressed about it. Relax and be yourself,” Floyd said. “I have expectations for myself. There’s no added pressure or anything.”

The Phillies want to be cautious with Floyd, perhaps the best arm in their system, along with 2002 top pick Cole Hamels. The two are expected to anchor the Phillies’ rotation, giving them a pair of potential frontline starters.

While his fastball is in the mid-90s and his curveball is already major league quality, scouting reports say Floyd still needs to work on his location and develop a third pitch. Floyd is working on both.

Floyd, 21, said he didn’t look at his starts as a showcase for next season, when there could be at least two spots open with the pending free agency of Kevin Millwood and Eric Milton.

Philadelphia, coming off a 7-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, has lost 19 of 25.

New York was swept in a four-game series with the Florida Marlins, losing the finale 9-6 on Thursday.

Rookie third baseman David Wright homered twice for the free-falling Mets, who have lost six straight and 11 of 12, ending their homestand at 1-10. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the Mets’ worst homestand of 10 or more games since their first season in 1962.

Wright hit a three-run homer in the fourth and a solo shot in the ninth for his first career multihomer game.

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M. Ginter Mil vs. G. Floyd Cle
1-3 Record 2-0
4.54 ERA 3.49
38 K 24
20 BB 16
1.47 WHIP 1.45