Mets roundup: No support for Glavine, once more

With the best earned run average in the Major Leagues, you'd think Tom Glavine would be a shoo-in for the All-Star team. <P> But wins and losses factor into the equation, and with the Mets refusing to score runs for Glavine, his hopes could fall short. Glavine fell to 7-5 on the season as the Mets went quietly against Cory Lidle and the Reds Wednesday, 2-0.

Put it this way: of the Mets' four hits, one was a bunt single from Glavine himself, who actually felt he'd have to leg out an infield dribbler in order to get any kind of run production on the board.

Sure, baseball's not a fair game, but this is just cruel and unusual punishment. In Glavine's last seven starts, his ERA has been a sterling 1.86, with just a mediocre 2-3 record to show for it.

Furthermore, in 13 of his 17 starts, Glavine has allowed two runs or less, but those efforts have wound up yielding seven losses or no-decisions in those 13 games because of New York's offensive futility.

Overall on Wednesday, Glavine scattered seven hits over six innings before leaving with two outs in the seventh inning for a pinch-hitter, Shane Spencer – who naturally skied to center, leaving the bases loaded.

Glavine's ERA fell to 2.16, although he undoubtedly would have taken one of those five or six run clunkers if it'd meant a win.

GETTING WIGGY: Several newspapers reported Thursday that the Mets are entertaining offers for third baseman Ty Wigginton, who could soon be displaced with the impending arrival of top prospect David Wright.

Wigginton took ground balls at first base this week in a ‘just in case' maneuver, but the Mets know that any number of clubs could be interested in the 26-year-old infielder.

The Reds, Pirates and Royals have been mentioned as teams that have discussed adding Wigginton at one point or another over the last month, although Reds GM Dan O'Brien told reporters yesterday that no trade discussions were ongoing with the Mets.

As far as deals on New York's trade front, the Mets are looking for another starting pitcher, and with the Pirates asking the moon for ace Kris Benson, the Mets may have turned their attention to Angels righty Ramon Ortiz, a free agent after this season who has asked for a trade.

FINALLY: Scott Erickson pitched well at Triple-A Norfolk last night, his first start since agreeing to accept an assignment to the minor leagues and bypass a chance at free agency. Erickson limited the Pawtucket Red Sox to five hits over 7-2/3 scoreless innings, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 5.59 over six starts.


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