It’s always about the final score in the end, but looking at tonight’s 6-5 win over the Dodgers there was a lot to like about the game for the Mets:
- Willie Randolph had a plan and stuck with it. He went with John Maine for as long as he felt comfortable, then turned the game over to his bullpen, which went five deep. A lot of times managers will say something then back off, which only causes doubt on the bench. Not tonight. Randolph showed confidence in Maine by starting him and in his bullpen to protect a slim lead.
- David Wright and Carlos Delgado came up big in their first playoff games. A concern was the offense would try to overcompensate with their pitching losses, but it didn’t happen. Two home runs, but the Mets answered the Dodgers every time.
- The defense played big. The double-play at the plate in the second was an emotional turning point. The Mets could have been down by three or more in the second, but only trailed 1-0. There’s no telling how the emotional swing would have been with a big, early deficit.
- John Maine did his job leaving the Mets with a good feeling for later in the playoffs.
The momentum is clearly with the Mets, and they have to feel good about going with Tom Glavine tonight.