The New York Mets ace looks to continue his dominance of the Cardinals on Wednesday as the teams continue their four-game series at Shea Stadium.
Glavine (6-5, 4.38 ERA) shook off a pair of poor outings with his best start of the season to win his 296th career game his last time out. The 41-year-old left-hander allowed one run, six hits and struck out five in a season-high eight innings of Friday’s 9-1 win over Oakland - his first victory since May 19. He had lost his previous two starts, yielding 16 runs in 8 1-3 innings.
“That’s the Tom Glavine we know,” New York (42-33) manager Willie Randolph said. “You’re entitled every once in a while to get out of rhythm a little bit. Hopefully this is the start of something more consistent.”
Glavine has not won consecutive starts since April 12 and 17.
However, he has won his last three starts over the Cardinals (34-40), and is 12-2 with a 2.63 ERA in his last 18 starts against them. Glavine is 19-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 36 career starts against St. Louis.
In his only start against the Cardinals this season, Glavine gave up one run and six hits in six innings of New York’s 6-1 opening-day victory on April 1.
He’ll try to help New York bounce back from Tuesday’s contest, an 11-inning, 5-3 loss to snap a four-game winning streak.
The Mets sent the game to extra innings with Jose Valentin’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth, but Cardinals rookie infielder Brendan Ryan hit his first career home run in the 11th inning to lift St. Louis.
“It was probably the biggest swing of my life to this point,” said Ryan, who finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. “I’m not expecting to hit too many of those.”
St. Louis ended a seven-game losing streak to the Mets with the victory.
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is only 3-for-16 (.188) in his last five games, but is batting .409 (9-for-22) lifetime against Glavine.
Anthony Reyes (0-9, 6.64) tries to avoid the worst start to a season by a major league pitcher in 14 years when he takes the hill on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old right-hander was a World Series star last fall, but the Cardinals are just 1-10 in his starts this season.
Reyes gave up five runs and nine hits in a season-low 4 1-3 innings of a 6-0 loss to Philadelphia on Friday. He is trying to avoid becoming the first pitcher to open a season 0-10 since Anthony Young started 0-13 for the 1993 Mets.
“I don’t think about wins and losses,” said Reyes, who has allowed at least five runs in each of his last four starts. “I’m trying to give the best effort I can out there, and if I do that I’ll feel good about the day. But I’ve got to find a better way of getting it done, I guess.”
This will be his first career start against New York.