Off to his best start since 2002, Tom Glavine looks to head into the All-Star break with 12 wins for the first time since 1998 as the New York Mets finish their four-game series Sunday against the Florida Marlins.
Glavine (11-2, 3.43 ERA) has been a pivotal part of the Mets’ resurgence this season. He has won nine straight decisions and has the best record and best ERA among the team’s starters. His .846 winning percentage is the highest since 1998—the last year he won the Cy Young award—when he entered the break 12-3 with a 2.63 ERA before finishing the year 20-6 with a 2.47 ERA.
Glavine has not received a decision in his last two starts, including the team’s 7-6 win on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he pitched five innings and gave up five runs.
He has struggled against the Marlins, against whom he has lost six of his last seven decisions, but pitched a solid game against them on May 27. Glavine carried a perfect game into the sixth and allowed three runs over 7 2-3 innings while striking out nine in a 7-4 victory.
“When I’m locating and I have decent stuff, that’s the type of game I should pitch,” said Glavine, who is 16-18 with 3.81 ERA in 42 starts against Marlins.
The teams split the results of a double-header on Saturday with the Marlins (38-47) taking the opener 3-2, while the Mets (52-36) won the second game 17-3. Jose Valentin was 2-for-5 in the second game with a grand slam in the first inning and drove in a career-high seven runs.
Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the second inning, leading to his early departure in the fifth. X-rays were negative and he is considered day-to-day with a bruise on his knuckle.
Delgado’s injury comes two days after Pedro Martinez was put on the disabled list with a sore hip and one after shortstop Jose Reyes cut his left pinky, needing seven stitches to close the wound. Reyes appeared as a pinch hitter in Saturday’s matinee, but did not appear in the second game. He said he hasn’t made a decision about playing in the All-Star game, but regardless of how his finger is feeling, will be in Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s game.
Martinez, though, has withdrawn from Tuesday’s contest.
“Am I disappointed?” Martinez asked. “In some ways, yeah, because I wanted to go this year. It’s unfortunate, but I don’t think I’ll be able to make it. I don’t think that will be an option. I’d much rather take the rest and give someone else the opportunity now that I’m not healthy.”
The Mets have lost eight of their last 13, but lead the NL East by 12 games over the Philadelphia Phillies, the biggest margin of any division leader heading into the break.
The Marlins turn to Scott Olsen (6-4, 4.17) for the series finale. The 22-year-old left-hander is 0-1 in his last three starts after winning four straight decisions. In his start last Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, Olsen did not receive a decision in Florida’s 6-4 loss after allowing three runs in six innings, walking four and striking out six.
“(Olsen) was pretty good today and that’s the way he’s been,” Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. “We didn’t score many runs for him, but he kept us in the game and did what he had to do.”
Olsen has never faced the Mets.