The Mets talked, unprovoked, I might add about the Braves series this weekend. How important do you think this weekend is for the Mets?
My only hope is that they take the series so that they can remain alone in first place. Then the Braves can join the other chasers.
Well it looks like you’ll be bringing the weather back with you John. The forecast looks great compared to the season so far. Everyone including the fans deserves it…
About the Braves, a win tomorrow night would be nice. Pelfrey is still a rookie, and everyone in Atlanta is giving Hudson the Cy Young already. It is very early yet, but I could see both teams making it into the playoffs comfortably. I’m not sure there’s a better team in the NL, let alone one good enough to win the Wild Card from them…
I wont say its that important right now. Too early in the season but I would love for them to take 2 out of 3 here. Its more a statement game to show that when we lost 2 out of 3 in Atlanta they were just lucky.
What i really want to know is why dont they leave the pitchers in to complete a game they are doing so well in?!
i think both maine and Duque were robbed of complete games.
Willie is managing great, dont get me wrong. but i miss the 1980’s ideal that a starter should finish unless he’s having trouble..
Hi John –
I think that all the games are important and by using that criteria you avoid the stress of making some games different by labeling them ‘must wins’. Many athletes don’t do well under pressure i.e. Beltran, but flourish when left to play to their own best abilities.
To Steve C:
I remember when El Duque first came to America and the Yankees and Mel Stottlemeyer came to take him out of the game in the late innings. Duque was at first scared that there had been some kind of emergency, but then just ticked off – in Cuba he had always pitched entire games – even OT.
Tonight at Shea should be a special night with Rachel and David Robinson in attendance – even the weather is going to cooperate.
Are the Mets aware that the Braves realigned their rotation so their big three goes against us? Have they said really anything about it? Are you surprised that the Mets didn’t do the same?
I know its early but I think this series is huge. The team is hitting on all cylinders and is healthy. The series is in our house. I know they are throwing their 3 best horses against us but we need to take this series. For years, Atlanta held a psychological edge on this team. If we allow them to take this series, a little bit of that edge will be back in our heads. The Mets, not the Braves, are the better team and its time to show that here.
Dennis – I completely agree. We should have swept that series in Atlanta. The Braves didn’t beat us in that series, we gave the Braves that series.
Yes, it’s an important series. But I think that it’s a more vital series for the Braves. They go with their top 3 pitchers against a rookie, a guy coming off of a huge meltdown, and Glavine. If they leave NY further behind than when they got here, we will have made a significant statement, and the Braves will know that they may well be looking at the prospect of chasing our tail lights all summer.
The Mets can afford to lose two of these, and even getting swept won’t really kill us. The Braves… not so much.
I think it’s important because I’m not sure it’s a given the braves will be hanging around all summer. they’re a team that can do some great things – they CAN hang around, catch every break and win, because they’ve done it before – but they’re also a team that can end up being pretty mediocre. what happens early in the season might have a huge impact on what kind of team they become later in the season.
if the mets can get to the braves’ pitching staff – especially that bullpen, which is the source of their good feelings, IMO – perhaps they can prick a pinhole in their confidence.
I’m with the majority. Although it’s early, it’s a statement, it’s at Shea, and they need to know that last time was a fluke. Just because it’s April doesn’t mean these aren’t important. Keep in mind tie-break situations come October. I think the boys are ready – they had great batting practice during their stay in Miami. If they can tattoo Willis, I’m not worried at all about Hudson or Smoltz.
What they said.
JD – i’m reading that Willie is (wisely) putting a big emphasis on this series. this could be the time of the season where we begin to pull away. putting a comfortable amount of distance between us and the Braves while the Phillies are still struggling could go a long way later in the season.
All I want is for the Mets to cream Hudson, time to take him down a notch. We dont want Hudson getting too confident for this season, his last years 13-12with a high 4era was great. After game 1 its doesnt matter what happens, the Mets have already showed themsleves to be the class of the NL. Last year we were 6 games up at the end of april, I expect the same this year.
To Matt (RE: Rotation)
Nobody with the Mets commented on the Braves juggling their rotation. Don’t forget, the Braves had a rainout last week and that gave Cox the chance to do some things, just as it did the Mets. Had those games been played I don’t believe they would have pitched anybody on short rest or saved them to pitch in this series.
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