New York (46-34) at Colorado (39-43)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 2, 2007
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Tom Glavine has been a steady influence on many pitching staffs through his 20-year career. The New York Mets can certainly use a veteran-like, rotation-stabilizing performance now.

With a couple of starters nursing injuries, Glavine will get the ball in search of his 298th win when the Mets open a three-game series at Coors Field with the struggling Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

New York (46-34) had to send rookie Mike Pelfrey to the mound Sunday, and he fell to 0-6 with a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday as the first-place Mets couldn’t close out a four-game sweep of their NL East rivals. Pelfrey gave up three runs and four hits in five innings.

“We’re not totally satisfied coming out of here without a sweep,” Mets closer Billy Wagner said.

Pelfrey got the start because Oliver Perez was scratched because of a stiff back. To make room for Pelfrey, New York placed starter Jorge Sosa on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Because of the rotation shakeup, how Glavine (7-5, 4.12 ERA) pitches will be even more important to New York.

The 41-year-old left-hander pulled within three wins of 300 on Wednesday night, allowing one hit over six innings in a rain-shortened shutout to lead New York past St. Louis 2-0.

Glavine has won two straight outings after going 0-4 in his previous five. He worked on his mechanics and tempo after giving up seven runs in four innings against the Yankees on June 16, and has now allowed one run and seven hits in his past 14 innings.

Mets starters were 6-0 with a 1.82 ERA in nine games prior to Sunday’s loss, with Glavine winning twice.

Glavine is 11-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 27 starts against the Rockies (39-43), but he hasn’t faced them in two years. Colorado, however, is 7-14 against left-handed starters this season and is back home after a 1-9 road trip—the worst trip longer than seven games in team history.

“Hopefully, we can put this trip behind us quickly and have a couple of good series before the All-Star game,” said Matt Holliday, named to his second All-Star roster on Sunday. “We’ve had some hard luck and some rough games.”

The Rockies will counter with Jason Hirsh (3-7, 5.21 ERA), who is 0-1 with a 9.20 ERA in his last three starts, allowing seven home runs in that span.

The right-hander gave up five runs, five hits and walked four in six innings as Colorado lost 6-4 to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Hirsh was pitching for Houston in his only career appearance against the Mets, allowing three runs - one earned - and five hits in six innings as the Astros lost 4-2 on Sept. 2.

Even if Hirsh can keep this game close, the Rockies’ bullpen is in a bit of disarray right now.

Brian Fuentes, demoted from the closer’s role on Saturday, gave up two runs and two hits in one inning in the eighth inning of a 12-0 loss to Houston on Sunday. Manager Clint Hurdle is hoping Fuentes can work through his problems in a lesser role, but Sunday’s performance won’t help the case for the left-hander, who was also named to the All-Star team.

“We’re aware of the adjustments he needs to make,” Hurdle said. “Hopefully, the next time out, he’ll be more crisp.”

Fuentes has allowed 10 earned runs in his last five appearances.

The Rockies lost the finale of their four-game set with the Astros after snapping an eight-game losing streak with a 5-0 win Saturday night.

New York won two of three games against Colorado at Shea Stadium from April 23-25, and has won 20 of the last 26 meetings between the teams.

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T. Glavine Atl vs. J. Hirsh NYY
13-8 Record 5-7
4.45 ERA 4.81
89 K 75
64 BB 48
1.41 WHIP 1.34


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