10/18/06 1:56 AM ET
Mets ready to respond at home
Team confident it can win two behind boisterous Shea crowd
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
"It'll be nice to get home," the first baseman said. "We were hoping to get back with a lead, but it is what it is. We're going to go out and play good, hard baseball. This is challenge baseball."Hopefully, we'll get that fan support we've had all summer." Catcher Paul Lo Duca also made reference to the lift the home folks can provide, mentioning how "our fans are going to be jazzed up. "It seems like we've been here a couple weeks. Hopefully, getting home in front of our fans will give us a little lift. It's going to be tough. We have to move guys over, do whatever it takes." Having lost Game 5, Tom Glavine can only watch and cheer on his teammates now. But the ace knows what the Mets need in Game 6. "We have to go out with the intention of playing with reckless abandon," Glavine said. "We can't think about, 'If we lose, the series over.' With this team, this year, you always have a sense that any given night, you're going to score runs." Jose Valentin, whose two-run double gave Glavine a lead he wasn't able to hold in Game 5, feels it's all about trusting teammates, at this point. "We've got to have faith in everyone else," he said. "We can't afford to lose any more games. We've got confidence. It's not over yet. We just need to get some clutch hits, keep playing hard and see what happens. "We've got to go out and score some runs right away, then keep adding on. As a team, we have to take advantage of every opportunity. This is a team that won't give up until the last out is made. "It'll be good to get back home, where our fans are on top of everybody. We've got to give every bullet we have left."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.