Thursday, October 05, 2006

NLDS Game 2: Mets Takin' Care of Business [J. Mark English]

It wasn't a thing of beauty. You could say it was boring. But the Mets were methodical. They won as if they were supposed to win. They took care of business, and smothered the Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.
The crowd was much more subdued then last night. You could almost hear a quiet confidence buzzing inside Shea. Those in attendance saw the Mets execute small ball to perfection. And they witnessed an old man by baseball standards, and a veteran by any standards...Tom Glavine, pitch like the ACE he was supposed to be when he left the Braves for New York a few years ago.
The Mets are now in a position to clinch the NLDS, and have three games to win just one. But lets not overlook the Dodgers. This is a team managed by Grady Little. Little once was down 2-0 in the ALDS in 2003 as the manager of the Red Sox playing the Oakland A's. That team came from behind to win the series.
The Dodgers more recently showed how determined they can be when their backs are up against the wall. A few weeks ago they were down by four runs and stormed back in the bottom of the ninth with back to back to back to back homeruns. They would go on to win in extra innings by once again...the long ball.
So lets see if the Mets can keep up the business like approach, and finish this thing up out in L.A.
Two down, nine to go...