National League Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, August 21st
(All times eastern)
New York Mets (58-62) at San Francisco Giants (68-56), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Tom Glavine (8-10, 2.92)
San Francisco - Brett Tomko (6-6, 4.90)
(Sports Network) - Tom Glavine makes his first start since his car accident
this afternoon when the New York Mets continue their three-game set with the
San Francisco Giants at SBC Park.
Glavine lost his two front teeth when he was involved in a car accident while
riding in a taxi from LaGuardia Airport to Shea Stadium on August 13. He said
he slammed face first into the partition between the front and back seats as
the taxi collided with an SUV, and the next thing he knew, he had one tooth in
his hand and blood was streaming from his mouth.
The 38-year-old left-hander will wear temporary teeth for about nine months,
then doctors will determine how well the bone above his upper lip has healed.
Glavine's new teeth are connected to a plate that fits on the roof of his
mouth like a retainer. He has said he will remove them if they become
Glavine, who has said he does not expect to be sharp this afternoon, has lost
his last two starts and is a 8-10 despite a solid 2.92 earned run average. In
37 games against the Giants in his career, the Cord, MA native is 18-13 with a
San Francisco will pin its hopes on veteran righthander Brett Tomko, who is
6-6 on the year with a 4.90 ERA. Tomko earned the win in his last start on
Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, as he yielded a run on four hits in
Tomko lost to the Mets earlier in the season and is 3-6 lifetime against them
with a 5.40 ERA in 11 games - 10 starts.
In the opener of the set on Friday, Pedro Feliz went 3-for-4 with a pair of
home runs and Noah Lowry struck out a career-high 10 batters as San Francisco
earned a 7-3 victory.
Ray Durham and Barry Bonds also had three hits for the red-hot Giants, who
maintained a one-half game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the race for the
National League wild card. Former Met Edgardo Alfonzo finished 2-for-4 with a
two-run homer as San Francisco won for the eighth time in nine tries.
Lowry (3-0) took a shutout into the seventh inning and allowed six hits while
walking none in 6 2/3 frames.
Gerald Williams slammed a pinch-hit, two-run homer for the Mets, who had won
the last seven meetings between the clubs. Cliff Floyd and Todd Zeile each
collected two hits as New York saw a brief two-game win streak come to a halt.
Trachsel (10-10) was tagged for 10 hits in four innings and surrendered six
runs -- four earned -- to suffer the loss.
San Francisco first baseman J.T. Snow sat out last night's contest with an
inflamed left elbow caused by an insect bite, but is riding a career-high 13
game hitting streak. He is hitting .500 during the streak (24-for-48).
The Mets swept the Giants in a three-game set in Flushing earlier in the year
and has won seven of the last 10 overall matchups.
08/21 10:44:44 ET