From 1988 to 2002, Glavine and Smoltz combined to win three NL Cy Young Awards and helped the Braves win 11 consecutive division titles, five pennants and one World Series.
Glavine, who won 242 games for the Braves, left prior to the 2003 season and signed with New York. He has since struggled against Atlanta, going 1-8 with a 8.81 ERA in nine starts against his former team. He has two defeats and a 9.00 ERA against the Braves this season.
“I’m not going to drive myself crazy thinking about it,” Glavine said. “This obviously is the team we need to beat if we’re going to win our division.”
If the Mets can continue to play the way they did in Thursday’s series opener, they will get closer to that goal. Mike Piazza hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the Mets to a 6-3 victory.
Adam LaRoche homered for the Braves, who have lost three straight following a season-high six-game winning streak.
Smoltz has re-established himself as the Braves’ ace after spending three years as an elite closer. The veteran right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA over his last six starts.
“It will be fun (facing Glavine),” Smoltz said. “But it will be business.”
He did not get a decision in his last start after allowing four runs and six hits over seven innings in the Braves’ 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 7.