For the most part, the Mets dismissed the words of the player they regularly have acknowledged to be the best hitter in the league. Glavine's responses were these:
When approached by reporters: "If it's about what somebody said, I have nothing to say."
When approached by one reporter who repeated Pujols' remarks: "I'm not sure I had to impress him."
Another Mets player, not wanting to initiate a back and forth battle, said, "[Pujols] went 0-for. He wasn't good, either."
At the beginning, an Endy: With Cliff Floyd restricted to pinch-hitting duty -- if that -- because of a severely irritated Achilles tendon sheath, Endy Chavez made the second postseason start of his career on Friday. He had started Game 2 of the NLDS.
Chances are Chavez will play left field for the remainder of the series and, perhaps, into the World Series, if the Mets go beyond the current series.
The Mets say they will evaluate Floyd's condition each day. But his return to the lineup is unlikely because his presence would represent a risk in the early innings. If he is saved to serve as a pinch-hitter, the Mets will have a full complement of players -- one with diminished mobility -- for most of the game. If Floyd were to start -- he's physically incapable of playing left field for now -- and need to be removed early as he was in Game 1, the Mets could be short a player.
'Pen plans: Manager Willie Randolph reiterated that his use of Guillermo Mota in the eighth inning in Game 1 did not constitute a change in how he will use his bullpen. The eighth inning had been the almost exclusive domain of Aaron Heilman after the injury to Duaner Sanchez on July 31.
But Randolph insisted that regular-season roles don't necessarily carry over and, more to the point, he pointed out that Mota had warmed up in the sixth inning and was ready to pitch
in the eighth.
Moreover, with the likelihood that the bullpen will be used often and now that the series' off-day has been eliminated, why have Mota warm up and not use him? As Randolph pointed out, "Now Heilman is fresh for [Game 2]."
Six of none, half a dozen of nothing: The Mets have pitched six shutouts in postseason games, including two in clinching games in 2000. Their opponents have totaled six hits in the three complete-game shutouts.
Mets' postseason shutouts
|Including Game 1 of the 2006 NLCS, the Mets have six postseason shutouts, including two clinching games in 2000.|
|10/14/69||Bal.||Gentry, Ryan||Game 3 WS||
|10/7/73||Cin.||Jon Matlack **||Game 2 NLCS||
|10/18/73||Oak.||Koosman, McGraw||Game 5 WS||
|10/8/00||S.F.||Bobby Jones *||Game 4 NLDS||
|10/16/00||Stl.||Mike Hampton ***||Game 5 NLCS||
|10/12/06||Stl.||Glavine, Mota, Wagner||Game 1 NLCS||
|* -- one-hitter|
** -- two-hitter
*** -- three-hitter
An end of a streak: The Cardinals' runs in the second inning ended, at 23, the Mets' streak of successive scoreless innings in NLCS play -- all against the Cardinals. They went scoreless in the last four innings of Game 4 in 2000, were shut out in Game 5 that year and Game 1 this year, and didn't score in the first innng Friday night.
This date in Mets postseason history: Oct. 14 -- The sixth shutout in Mets history happened Thursday night. The first one happened on this date in 1969. Gary Gentry -- a relative unknown on a staff that included Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan -- and Ryan combined to limit the vaunted Orioles offense to four singles and seven walks in the Mets' 5-0 victory in Game 3 of the World Series. Gentry, an .095 career hitter, had a two-run double in the second inning. ... Four years later, the Mets scored 10 runs, the franchise high for a World Series game, in 12 innings -- four coming in the 12th -- and defeated the A's, 10-7, in Game 2 of the World Series. No Met had more than one RBI, and the team had merely five. Buddy Harrelson and Cleon Jones had three hits each. The A's committed five errors, two by Mike Andrews at second base.
On this date in 1986, Darryl Strawberry hit a remarkable home run off Ryan in the fifth inning, and Gary Carter drove in Wally Backman in the 12th inning. The Mets defeated the Astros, 2-1, in Game 5 of the NLCS. Dwight Gooden allowed one run in 10 innings. .... The Mets' lone loss in the 2000 NLCS happened on this date. They were buried by the Cardinals in Game 3, 8-2. Rick Reed and Rick White were hit hard. The Mets had no extra-base hits against Andy Benes (eight innings) and two relievers. The Mets' runs scored on ground-ball double plays.