Coming back to Atlanta often has been an unpleasant experience for Mets starter Tom Glavine.
Glavine looks to reverse his fortune against his former team when New York continues its three-game series with the Braves on Saturday at Turner Field.
Glavine (2-2, 2.78 ERA) started his career with the Braves, going 242-143 from 1987-2002 and winning the NL Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998. Since signing with New York as a free agent before the 2003 season, the 40-year-old left-hander has gone 2-9 with a 5.79 ERA in 13 starts against his former team.
Glavine’s numbers are even worse against the Braves at Turner Field, where he has gone 1-5 with a 7.22 ERA as a Met. His only win in Atlanta since switching teams came on April 6, 2004, when he gave up two runs in six innings of a 7-2 victory.
Glavine’s only other win over the Braves came last season, throwing a six-hitter in a 4-1 win at Shea Stadium on Sept. 18. He beat John Thomson, who allowed four runs in seven innings and will square off against him again on Saturday.
Glavine has faced Atlanta once this season on April 19. He pitched well, giving up two runs and four hits in eight innings, but was outdueled by Tim Hudson in a 2-1 loss.
Including that defeat, Glavine has lost his last two starts. He allowed six runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings of Monday’s 6-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants.
Glavine had allowed just four earned runs in four starts before the loss to the Giants.
Thomson (0-0, 1.31) opened the season coming out of the bullpen before starting his last three games, allowing a total of three earned runs in 20 2-3 innings this year. He gave up one run and seven hits in six innings of Atlanta’s 3-1 win over Washington on Sunday.
“My job is to give us a chance to win,” Thomson said. “I just had to make pitches.”
Thomson made nine starts for the Mets in 2002, going 2-6 with a 4.31 ERA. He is 7-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 career starts against his former team.
The Mets beat the Braves 5-2 in Friday’s series opener. New York’s Pedro Martinez outdueled John Smoltz, and David Wright hit two homers as the first-place Mets pulled six games ahead of Atlanta and Philadelphia, which are tied for second in the NL East.
“It’s not a big deal right now,” Martinez said of the standings. “You can’t choose who’s going to be the winner right now. … I’m hoping it’s us. But we’ve got to go out and prove it.”
Wright went 0-for-9 and made three errors in the first series this season between the teams as Atlanta took two of three games in New York from April 17-19.
“I’ve been struggling a little bit lately,” Wright said. “It’s good to get back in the groove.”
Chipper Jones homered for the Braves, who have lost four straight. Shortstop Edgar Renteria returned to the lineup after missing nine games with a strained muscle in his left rib cage, and extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a ninth-inning single.
New York’s Julio Franco, the 47-year-old first baseman who played for the Braves from 2001-05, received a standing ovation when he came up as a pinch hitter in the eighth but hit into a double play.