Willie Randolph wanted to see how his team would respond to adversity, and they came up aces, beating the Yankees, 8-3, this afternoon. Steve Trachsel struggled early but settled in to give them six strong. However, once again the tone was set by David Wright, this time with a two-run, first-inning double.
After losing four straight, the last thing the Mets needed was for Randy Johnson to get into the game, and Wright kept that from happening. Some players have a flair for the dramatic, and sometimes that’s early in the game. Like a lot of power pitchers, Johnson is somebody a team needs to get to early. Wright did that, and Trachsel said the lead gave him cushion enough to be aggressive and settle into the game.
Anyway, the Mets have a prize at third base and he’ll be named the NL All-Star team tomorrow. Jose Reyes, Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Beltran should also go, and Tom Glavine deserves to go as a starter.
Read more from me about Wright tomorrow in The Journal News and lohud.com, as well as Rick Carpiniello’s column on Johnson, Brian Heyman’s coverage of the game and Peter Abraham’s slant on the Yankees. Also check out Peter’s Yankee blog, one of the best team blogs in the NY market.