Another start, another loss

You have to wonder if, deep within his most private moments, Tom Glavine secretly rues his decision to sign with the Mets. <P> Though Glavine, a company man through and through, would never admit it, his teammates have given him very little to be satisfied with through the first 1-1/2 years of his stay at Shea.

It's bad enough that the Mets haven't scored nearly enough runs for Glavine, who dropped to a very deceptive 7-8 on Saturday; this time around, they couldn't field for him either.

Behind Glavine, who surrendered four runs (two earned) over 6-1/3 innings in New York's 8-2 defeat, the Mets became a comedy of errors at an inopportune time, falling to 45-45 and three games behind the Phillies in the NL East.

Kaz Matsui committed a pair of miscues against Philadelphia, his Major League-worst 18th and 19th of the season, while Ty Wigginton also booted a play to account for three official Mets errors on the afternoon.

That total doesn't take into account the fly ball that Mike Cameron couldn't corral in the second inning, boosting the Phillies to a 3-0 advantage, or the one that Cliff Floyd lost in the sun in the third inning, making it a four-run deficit.

Basically, all Glavine can do at this point is roll his eyes and wonder when – or if – it's going to get any better.

He's been the most star-crossed of any Mets hurler this season, watching the clock tick faster and faster on his chances of 300 wins – Glavine has 258 career wins, and at age 38, every missed opportunity seems to count that much more.

In fact, Saturday's game marked the first time in Glavine's illustrious and productive career that he's ever lost five straight starts. Even the putrid '03 Mets couldn't do that for him.

"I'm not happy about it and I'm not going to say it's not frustrating," Glavine told reporters. "All that stuff is counter-productive. I know how I've pitched. And yeah, I've lost five in a row but I don't think anyone in here will argue that I should have lost all five."

The Mets have plated just three runs in their last two games, having lost 5-1 on Friday night to Kevin Millwood and Philadelphia, and desperately could use a victory Sunday behind Al Leiter to even out the four-game Phillies series.

NOTES: Mike Piazza cracked out of a 74 at-bat homerless skid with a solo shot in the eighth inning off Tim Worrell. The blast was the 375th of Piazza's career, moving him ahead of Rocky Colavito for 55th place on the all-time list.

Actually, the blast shouldn't have been a total stunner. Piazza has always hit Worrell well historically – the homer was Piazza's fourth in 18 career at-bats against the Phillies reliever.

The homer was Piazza's first hit of the week, as he's still mired in a 1-for-17 skid. Mets manager Art Howe said that Piazza will rest Sunday.


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