Colorado (66-92) at New York (80-78)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Thu Sep 29, 2005
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Tom Glavine hasn’t had a winning season since joining the New York Mets in 2003.

He will try and end that streak as the Mets open up a four-hame series against the Colorado Rockies.

The two-time Cy Young award winner had posted a 20-28 record in his first two season in New York, but a brilliant second half has provided him with a chance to finish at .500 for the first time since going 19-11 for Atlanta in 2002.

Glavine (12-13), who was 6-7 with a 4.94 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break, has an impressive 2.44 ERA in 14 starts since. In his last outing, Glavine carried a shutout into the sixth inning for his 274th career win as New York Mets beat Washington 5-2 on Saturday night.

“If there was ever a time I’d like to be going to the playoffs, it’d be now, the way I’m pitching,” said Glavine, who is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA his last two starts.

Glavine gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings, retiring 14 straight batters at one point. He also hit two singles, while taking over sole possession of 29th place on the majors’ career victory list.

The Mets are hoping to finish with a winning record for the first time since going 82-80 in 2001.

Coming off the best start of any Rockies pitcher all season, Sunny Kim will counter for the Rockies on Thursday. On Saturday, facing the Giants and Barry Bonds, Kim tossed a three-hitter in Colorado’s 6-0 victory over San Francisco at Coors Field.

It was Kim’s first career complete game and the first complete-game shutout by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field since John Thomson did it on Sept. 30, 2001.

Only two pitchers—Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers and Pat Rapp of the Marlins — have allowed fewer hits at Denver’s hitter-friendly ballpark than Kim, the 28-year-old journeyman who was signed off waivers by the Rockies on Aug. 5.

“Sometimes a change of scenery can help out with the confidence level,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “That’s as good an outing as you’re going to see at this ballpark for as long as it stands here.”

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Starting Pitchers

S. Kim SF vs. T. Glavine ATL
6-3 Record 13-13
4.90 ERA 3.53
55 K 105
21 BB 61
1.43 WHIP 1.36