After the Mets swept the Yankees using the backend of their rotation, everything looked good going into yesterday's game with the Philadelphia Phillies. They had their ace Tom Glavine on the mound and were poised to pull within one game of the NL East lead. Who would have thought that the league-leader in ERA would give up 6 runs in two innings. Who would have thought the Mets would give Glavine 3 runs to work with in the first inning, but still lose? Then again, who would have thought the Mets could sweep the Yankees.
The problem for Glavine in Monday's game was that he didn't get the corners of the plate in his favor. Glavine freely admits his inability to overpower batters, so he uses finesse to win games. With the corners gone, there was little he could do but throw the ball directly over the plate. Unfortunately for him and the Mets, that spelled disaster.
Run support came early for Glavine, as Cliff Floyd hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Richard Hidalgo hit a solo shot immediately after Floyd. Hidalgo's home run extended his home run streak to five consecutive games, a new Met record. It was his 8th home run in his 16 games as a Met. The Mets rallied in the 5th inning to pull within one run, but could not even the score. The Phillies won the game 6-5 (box score).
Some interesting tidbits from The Times, "The last time Glavine gave up this many runs was on July 19, 2003, when he was battered for seven runs by Atlanta. Glavine had not surrendered more than four runs in a game this season, and in his eight starts since the last time he gave up that many, he had allowed only 12 total runs. Glavine had surrendered just six runs in his last four starts, spanning 27 innings."
On the plus side for Glavine, it was announced that he made the All-Star Team. Glavine was selected by players, coaches and managers. Teammate Mike Piazza joins Glavine as the only Mets on the team. Piazza made the team as the starting catcher through fan voting.