Playoff Series: Game 5 of 7

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8:05 PM ET, October 16, 2006

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri 

Glavine pitches on three days rest for Mets in Game Five

NY Mets at St. Louis 8:05 pm EDT National League Championship Series Series tied, 2-2

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Tom Glavine has been solid as a rock for the New York Mets in the postseason. However, he has a significant hurdle to overcome.

Glavine looks to maintain his scoreless streak when he takes the mound on three days rest as the Mets face the St. Louis Cardinals in Monday's Game Five of the National League Championship Series.

Making his 35th career postseason start, the 40-year-old Glavine (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has not given up a run in 13 innings of this year's playoffs, while yielding just eight hits and four walks.

After allowing four hits in six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series, Glavine baffled the Cardinals in Thursday's 2-0 triumph in the series opener.

Glavine, who was 15-7 in the regular season, is dealing with a shorter than usual turnaround because Wednesday's game was rained out. The lefthander is just 2-5 with a 6.75 playoff ERA on less than four days rest.

"My gameplan for the most part is not going to change a lot," Glavine said. "I mean, the foundation of what I have to do to be successful isn't going to change. There may be some things that in the back of my mind from the last game I want to do better or I want to do a little bit differently, but ... there are not wholesale changes."

The Cardinals counter with Jeff Weaver (1-1, 1.69), who also works on three days rest after taking the loss in Game One. He surrendered two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 frames.

Following an 8-14 regular season, Weaver opened his playoff run with a victory in Game Two against San Diego. He limited the Padres to two hits in five scoreless innings.

"You minimize ... your workouts in between as far as bullpens and stuff go, just try to get some flat work in," Weaver said. "You can't really go out there and give a full effort in the bullpen session, so you don't bounce back on a guy that usually takes two days off before he throws his bullpen."

Weaver will try to shut down the Mets, who belted four home runs in a 14-hit attack en route to Sunday's 12-5 triumph over St. Louis, which evened the series, 2-2.

Carlos Beltran went 3-for-3 with two home runs, raising his career postseason batting average against the Cardinals to .385 (15-for-39) with seven homers and nine RBI. He also matched Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, who hit seven home runs against them in 1926 and 1928.

"(Beltran is) a dangerous guy," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "You make pitches, throw the ball down the middle to our guys, we're going to have the same kind of success. We've made mistakes. He's a very good hitter and he takes advantage."

Carlos Delgado homered for the fourth time in the playoffs and drove in five runs, tying the Mets single-game postseason record. New York also set franchise marks for playoff runs and homers in one contest.

"He (has) been for a long time, one of the best hitters in the game," Mets manager Willie Randolph said. "He's a power hitter who will go the other way and take what you give him for the most part."

After an off day, the teams return to Shea Stadium in New York for Wednesday's Game Six.

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