October 13, 2006

Maine looks to add on to good postseason

Barry M. Bloom at Mets.com writes about John Maine's start tonight and how he plans to add to a good post season:

Maine, who professed to have a bit of jangled nerves heading into that initial playoff outing, will have a chance to pitch under less pressure by virtue of Tom Glavine's masterpiece in a 2-0 victory in Game 1 on Thursday night. The Mets lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0.

"John is going to be nervous. I've been doing this for a long time and I still get nervous, and he has every right to get nervous," said Glavine, the 40-year-old left-hander who notched his sixth career NLCS victory by holding the Cardinals to four hits in his seven innings. "But certainly, we feel he's going to go out there and do what he's done all year long, which is channel that nervousness and give us a chance to win.

"I know for me, personally, that whenever I'm pitching, I always want to take the mound with my team ahead in the series. So there's always a relaxing factor [when] you know that your team has a little bit of a cushion."

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