2006-01-27 / Sports

Floyd Energized For Possible Mets Playoff Hopes In 2006

By Joe McDonald Sports Columnist

By Joe McDonald
Sports Columnist

Cliff Floyd, (right), will be without his best friend and former teammate Mike Cameron (left) this year for the Mets. (AP Photo/Rick Silva)Cliff Floyd, (right), will be without his best friend and former teammate Mike Cameron (left) this year for the Mets. (AP Photo/Rick Silva) NEW YORK – Cliff Floyd was looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving, but that all changed when he heard the news.

The Mets acquired Carlos Delgado.

“I went ‘Wow. Omar is at it again,’” Floyd said.

It was just the beginning of a fruitful offseason for the Mets and it gave their left fielder something to look forward to.

“I play to win every single day,” Floyd proclaimed. “And I want to be on the same page with the guys on the team.”

He seems to have his wish. After finishing with 83 wins last season, the Mets re-energized the roster with All-Stars Billy Wagner, Paul Lo Duca and Delgado, which shored up holes in the lineup and on the field and hopefully keep the team competitive the whole season.

“You always wonder if you could win more than those 83 games,” Floyd said. “You may lose three games in April, but they come to light at the end of the season.”

The failures of the bullpen were well documented last season. It’s something Wagner will solve with his 100 MPH fastball. That confidence for the Mets is in contrast with the constant struggles that they didn’t have with Braden Looper in 2005.

“It’s not that Looper did a bad job; he gave us all he got,” Floyd thought. “But we now have a guy who has a reputation. We may lose a couple, but there are times he is going to come in and its game over. I would bet my house on him.”

That type of confidence was reserved in the past for Mike Piazza, who the left fielder played with for the past three seasons. Even though he recognizes the need for change, the power hitter will miss his righthanded compliment in the lineup.

Floyd said: “He is going to show up somewhere. I hope that everybody in New York has a place in their hearts for him, because he has done a lot for the city.”

Changes could come for the Chicago native as well. In his walk year, Floyd is more than happy to let his bat do the talking as he tries to build on the .273 with 34 home runs and 98 RBI he finished with in 2005.

Since Floyd is in the financial position to just try and win, he seems happy to play, but now he has to maintain the healthy pace of 2005, which kept him off the disabled list and in 150 games.

“The key for me is not worrying about staying healthy,” he said. “I come to Spring Training and try to get myself ready for June July and August. It took me 10 years to learn that. I just want to make sure I maintain that.”

The pieces seem to be in place and Floyd appreciates what surrounds him in the Mets clubhouse. So there is just one thing left to do.

“All I have to do is go out and play to win.”

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