Winning comes about when everyone is doing their job and everyone trusts and believes in one another. You can't rely on just one hitter or one pitcher.

Offensively, the way our team has been swinging the bats is a big plus. It's easiest to stay loose and have fun together when you're doing well, but, at the same time, we're serious about our approach, and a strong offense helps put pressure on the opponent.

On the mound, I'm trying simply to pitch well and trust my stuff each start and not try to do too much. Every game is important. I'm trying to do my best that day to give our team our best chance to win.

Our team can hit and pitch, but the biggest on-field difference this year is our strengthened bullpen. Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz make everyone else feel more comfortable, and they've been taking care of business. They're both pretty good at their jobs.

Going forward, the key is simply competing. We know that each day we have the opportunity to do our very best. We've come up short the past two years, and we're driven by that knowledge.

We definitely want to be one of the teams that makes it to the next level this season. We want to make the playoffs and hopefully win the World Series.

Johan Santana, 6-2 and atop the NL with a 1.50 ERA, has 75 strikeouts in just 60 innings for the Mets, who are just a half-game behind the Phillies in the NL East.