10/08/06 1:42 AM ET
Mets Short Hops: Game 3
Randolph's managing and strong offense lead the way
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
With a three-run sixth, the Mets regained an early four-run lead they'd squandered and rolled to a 9-5 win to sweep the Dodgers. Frozen moment
As Cliff Floyd sat in the dugout after scoring from first base on Shawn Green's third-inning double, the pain on his face revealed that his postseason might be over. While coming toward home plate, Floyd aggravated a left Achilles tendon injury that has been plaguing him for most of the past few months. He is now questionable for the National League Championship Series.
.130 -- The combined batting average of the first two batters in the Dodgers' lineup during the National League Division Series. Mets pitchers limited Rafael Furcal and Kenny Lofton, who had just one hit, to just three hits total in 23 at-bats.
Manager Willie Randolph -- five balls: Despite having two starting pitchers struggle to complete at least five innings, Randolph pushed all the right buttons to complete this sweep. He handled John Maine's start correctly in Game 1, and he was smart to put Endy Chavez in the lineup for Game 2. On Saturday night, his team took a great approach against Greg Maddux, hitting three of its five consecutive first-inning singles the opposite way.
Shawn Green -- four balls: After being benched for Game 2, Green came back to Los Angeles and haunted Dodgers fans with a three-hit, two-RBI performance that included two doubles. The only thing preventing him from reaching five-ball status was his lackadaisical approach on a Wilson Betemit fly ball that loaded the bases for the Dodgers in their two-run fourth inning.Steve Trachsel -- one ball: Possessing a four-run lead, Mets starter Trachsel allowed the Dodgers to begin their comeback with a two-run fourth inning. After allowing just two hits through the first three innings, he was pulled after surrendering singles to three of the first four batters he faced in the fourth. Sense of October
After watching former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda wave his arms during Los Angeles' three-run third inning, Jose Reyes provided a little crowd interaction. After crossing the plate in the Mets' three-run sixth inning, Reyes excitedly entered the dugout and made a celebratory point toward what appeared to be some friends or family members. Lines of the Game
38 AB, 14 H, 3 2B, 11 1B, 3 Ks, 5 BB
Comment: This game further proved the depth of the Mets' offense. Despite recording just three extra-base hits, the lineup still managed to score nine runs. Nine different players recorded a hit, and Jose Valentin was the only starting position player who went hitless.
1.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 21 pitches
Comment: Things could have been much uglier for Oliver had his second pitch not landed in his glove on a comebacker and resulted in a double play to end the fourth inning. He retired the first two batters he faced in the fifth and then allowed four straight hits, including Jeff Kent's two-run homer.
"This team has been resilient all year long. It's not like we haven't been without our share of injuries." -- Tom Glavine, on the Mets' resolve in 2006
Having captured this NLDS, the Mets will now wait to see whether they'll face the Cardinals or Padres in the NLCS. Whatever the case, Tom Glavine will be on five days' rest for Wednesday's Game 1.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.