Glavine Gets Nod In South Florida

Tom Glavine will try to keep his good vibes going when he takes the rubber for the Mets in Miami Friday, opening a three-game set in South Florida against the Marlins.

Glavine will be making his first start since throwing a masterful one-hit shutout – the first of his Major League career – against the Colorado Rockies Sunday at Shea Stadium, when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before journeyman outfielder Kit Pellow doubled with one out.

It was the first win of the year at home for the resurgent Glavine, who has looked nothing like the disoriented lefthander who staggered along to a 9-14 record last season. Glavine heads into the Florida start having fared exceptionally on the road – he is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA away from Shea, helping him compile an overall 6-2 record and a 2.13 ERA.

"I think I've been more relaxed," Glavine said. "All the hubbub about changing teams made it hard last year. I was trying to fit in [and] trying not to step on anyone's toes. This year, I've felt like I'm one of the boys."

Glavine's boys trail the Marlins by 3-1/2 games in the NL East and just split an abbreviated two-game series at Shea with the Philadelphia Phillies, riding the hot bat of first baseman Mike Piazza, who is 18-for-43 over his current 12-game hitting streak.

A prime example of Piazza's renewed fear factor at the plate was evident Wednesday, when Phillies manager Larry Bowa elected to issue a four-pitch walk to Piazza with the bases loaded, forcing in a run.

But they'll need their pitching to keep up: beyond Glavine and the steady Steve Trachsel, who goes Sunday, the Mets are missing veteran Al Leiter, who is on the shelf with a shoulder injury, and have started Matt Ginter – a converted relief pitcher – three times already this year.

Ginter pitched well his last time out, throwing six innings of shutout ball on Wednesday against Philadelphia, and will not start in the Florida series, but the point is made: the Mets need to find starting pitching, and fast.

On that front, the Mets are said to be entertaining the idea of trading for Seattle Mariners hurler Freddy Garcia if the team can stay near the pennant race.

The inconsistent Jae Seo (2-4, 5.30) gets the nod against Carl Pavano (4-2, 3.68) on Saturday.

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