2006_04_smetslogo.jpgTom Glavine twirled six shutout innings and the Mets' offense patiently worked over the Dodgers' pitchers in a 4-1 victory that gave them a 2-0 lead in the three-of-five National League Division Series. The Dodgers have to think they lost this series when they had two players tagged out at home plate in the second inning of Game 1. If they didn't, they could have lost it with offensive impotence against Glavine, who showed that the Mets made the right move in holding him back until Game 2 before starting him.

The Mets' offense wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. Three of the four runs scored on an out, but no one's counting except us. Their lineup struggles against lefties like Hong-Chih Kuo, but it did enough Thursday. Steve Trachsel will face Greg Maddux in Game 3 on Saturday. The Mets need to win only one of the next three to advance to the National League Championship Series.