I know it will never happen, it isn’t in a manager’s DNA to do so, but it would be refreshing, just once, for Willie Randolph to come out and say tonight is important.
I believe what he’ll say, too, that it is a long season. But, because many pennants have been won and loss by the slimmest margins _ and determined by momentum shifts _ some series have to be more important than others. It’s possible to believe both.
Had the Mets been swept here, they would be up only one in the NL East. Realistically, with Tom Glavine’s win last night, the Mets got what they came for when they got into town _ leaving no worse than losing one game off their lead.
The Mets need Steve Trachsel tonight, maybe more than they needed Glavine and Pedro Martinez the first two nights. With the Big Two, the Mets pretty much know what they’re going to get. Trachsel has been more hit-and-miss, and with hole in the back end of the rotation, the Mets need to show quality pitching can be had more than twice a week.
Sure, what happens tonight won’t determine the division, but a game now means as much as one in September.
Some random thoughts …
Maybe Cliff Floyd needs to sit for a day or two. The feeling here is he’s pressing, not only because he wants to do well, but because in the back of his mind he’s playing for next year’s contract, and with his kidney ailment, there has to be the wonder how much his stock has dropped. The issue isn’t if it has, but by how much.
The spring buzz about Kaz Matsui is he’s a liability on both sides of the ball. Not so. He’s played well, especially defensively, and hasn’t been overmatched at the plate. Had he played like this his first two years with the Mets and the team wouldn’t have tried to trade him.
Tom Glavine is pitching as well as anybody in the game right now. The restructuring of his contract all but assures him coming back to the Mets next year. In the pursuit of future lefty Hall of Famers, the Mets getting Glavine beats the Yankees and Randy Johnson.
One week before Mets-Yankees, and the feeling here is the same as it always has been. Save the games in NY, Chicago and possibly LA, and interleague baseball just doesn’t cut it for me.