While both pitchers will now go on normal four days' rest, the rains might have leveled the field for them. Glavine has started on short rest frequently during his career, but Weaver had far less experience at it.Now that issue is moot, as both pitchers attempt to continue what has been an outstanding postseason. Glavine has yet to allow a run in 13 innings, while Weaver had a comparable 10 2/3-inning shutout skein in the works until Carlos Beltran homered off him with two outs in the sixth inning of Game 1. Glavine and Weaver will be reprising their stylish duel in the opener last Thursday, taken by the Mets, 2-0, on that Beltran shot. Taking the mound in the aftermath of a four-homer explosion by the Mets could be a little unsettling for Weaver. Having split his season between the Angels and the Cardinals somewhat camouflages his numbers, since the two leagues still maintain separate sets of stats. But Weaver allowed 34 home runs this season. The NL leader in that department was the Cardinals' own Jason Marquis, who after allowing 35 homers wasn't even included on St. Louis' NLCS roster. The beauty of the Mets' breakout in Game 4 was that one already had the sense that, even had they had lost to fall behind 3-1 in the NLCS, they would have felt confident placing their fate into the hands of Glavine. They would have felt confident of being headed back to New York -- which now is inevitable, and which might happen with them holding a 3-2 lead. "It's a lot better being 2-2 than 3-1," Carlos Delgado said. "He's been around for a long time. He's been in playoffs before. He knows what it takes, and we're just going to come out tomorrow and play good ball again."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.