New York (17-14) at Milwaukee (14-15)

Cloudy Currently: Milwaukee, WI
Temp: 72° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun May 8, 2005
  • TV: WPIX, WYTU
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Last year, Tom Glavine pitched well enough during the first half of the season to earn a spot on the National League All-Star team. Things haven’t gone very well for the veteran left-hander since.

Glavine looks to end a two-start losing streak and post his second victory of the season as the surging Mets try to complete a three-game series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

At this time last season, the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA, and was holding opponents to a .208 average. This year, he is 1-4 with a 7.04 ERA, and teams are batting .320 against him.

“You can’t make pitches once in a while,” said Glavine after allowing eight runs and six hits over just 3 1-3 innings in a 10-3 loss to Philadelphia on Monday.

“You’ve got to make them a lot of the time. This is something, obviously, I’ve got to get turned around.”

Glavine went just 4-11 after June 24 last season, giving him a dismal 5-15 mark since improving to 7-3 with a 5-2 win at Kansas City last June 13.

A major reason for his difficulties has been a lack of command.

Glavine, who walked six batters in Monday’s defeat, has walked 22 in 30 2-3 innings this season. He has given up 14 earned runs in his last two starts, bumping his ERA to 7.04.

For all Glavine’s troubles, manager Willie Randolph believes it’s just a matter of time before his No. 2 starter begins pitching like one.

“I’m not concerned at all, really,” Randolph said. “Tom Glavine is a guy I still trust. He’s struggling a little bit now, but I’m confident he’s going to straighten himself out.”

Perhaps another power eruption from his teammates can help Glavine find his way.

Carlos Beltran hit a pair of two-run homers, and David Wright and Doug Mientkiewicz hit solo shots as New York posted its fourth straight win, 7-5 over the Brewers on Saturday night.

“We feel good,” Beltran said after helping the Mets climb a season-high three games over .500.

“We feel like we’re playing the game right. We’re getting hits when we need them most.”

Milwaukee has dropped two straight since a season-high seven-game winning streak, and six in a row to the Mets.

Left-hander Chris Capuano, trying for his third straight victory after starting the season 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA in his first four starts, will look to get his team back on track.

Capuano tossed a season-high seven innings to help Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Tuesday, allowing one run and five hits while striking out six and walking none.

Capuano lost his only previous start against the Mets, suffering a 12-3 defeat last Aug. 8 at Miller Park. He went 5 1-3 innings, giving up five runs and six hits.

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T. Glavine Atl vs. C. Capuano NYY
13-13 Record 18-12
3.53 ERA 3.99
105 K 176
61 BB 91
1.36 WHIP 1.38