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.
“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.