By Mike Steffanos
Mets 1 - Braves 0
Prescription for beating the Braves: Take one vintage Tom Glavine, mix in one longball from Lo Duca, add a few splashes of near-flawless defense, a dose of Aaron Heilman at his unhittable best, and cap it off with our slider-slinging closer. For the second night in a row, that insidious tomahawk chop chant died in the throats of Braves fans that are losing faith in their old magic.
Larry Jones leads off with a groundball to third that Wright should have easily made the play on. Everyone in the ballpark is doing that stupid chop. This is the moment when the Mets are going to fold, and Met killer Andruw Jones is at the plate. Did anyone notice if Jones was still smiling that annoying smile of his as Matsui's relay on the 6-4-3 double play popped into Delgado's glove?
Face it Mets fans, the Braves may still be in our heads, but they have no residency inside the collective craniums of your 2006 New York Mets. Don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, but I'm fairly confident that this Mets team will not be intimidated by anything Turner field can throw at them. "The Ted" may still seem like a house of horrors to Mets fans, but to the players it looks something like this:
Thoughts on the game
There's not much profound to say other than the obvious. Glavine was awesome. Heilman and Wagner were perfect -- on a day when anything less than perfection would have meant defeat.
People like WFAN's Ed Coleman kept telling me that I was going to love Lo Duca. Damned if they weren't right.
Winning teams have players like Cliff Floyd who contribute even when they don't hit.
Who is that guy batting leadoff that worked out another walk today?
Question for that snazzy new Japanese second baseman: Who the hell are you, and what have you done with Kaz Matsui?
Trachsel vs. Kyle Davies tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. Let's go Mets!