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World Series Game 4 Recap: Royals 5, Mets 3

The Royals defeated the Mets by a score of 5-3, storming back late against the Mets bullpen. The Mets had a 3-1 lead at one point, due in most part to two solo home runs by Michael Conforto, but the Royals came back in the 8th, scoring 3 runs off of Jeurys Familia after Tyler Clippard had issued back-to-back one out walks and Daniel Murphy made a key erro. The loss puts the Mets down in the series 3 games to 1, and they must win 3 in a row to win the World Series.

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Both starters cruised through their first two innings, with Steven Matz working around a couple of hits (including an interference call on a would-be stolen base in the 1st). In the 3rd, the Mets struck first against Chris Young on a long home run down the right field line for Michael Conforto to give them a 1-0 lead.

Wilmer Flores followed with a single, and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch before Matz bunted him to 3rd. Curtis Granderson then hit a sacrifice fly to right, on which it appeared right fielder Alex Rios forgot how many outs there were. Rios’s mistake gave Wilmer Flores an extra second to beat the throw home, and though the Royals challenged that Flores left too early, the call stood.

The Royals struck back for a run in the 5th, after a Salvador Perez double booted in center by Yoenis Cespedes. Alex Gordon singled him in to make it 2-1, but Matz was able to work out of trouble, retiring the next 3 hitters. Michael Conforto tacked on a second solo home run in the bottom of the 5th to make it 3-1, but the Royals struck back again in the 6th. Ben Zobrist doubled to lead off the frame, followed by an RBI single by Lorenzo Cain, chasing Matz from the game. Though Cain stole 2nd, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon combined to get out of the jam with a 3-2 lead.

Addison Reed pitched a 1-2-3 7th before Tyler Clippard ran into trouble in the 8th. After retiring Alcides Escobar, Clippard walked Zobrist and Cain, prompting Terry Collins to bring in Jeurys Familia to try to get a 5-out save. Eric Hosmer sent a slow ground ball to Daniel Murphy that scooted under his glove, scoring a run and putting runners at the corners. The game was tied at 3 on a play that should have put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Singles to Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez put the Royals up 5-3, before Familia got Alex Gordon to ground into a double play to end the inning.

The Mets were quiet against closer Wade Davis in the bottom of the 8th as he tried for a 6-out save, but they began to put a rally together in the bottom of the 9th. With 1 out, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes each singled, putting the tying run on first and the winning run at the plate with one out. Lucas Duda hit a weak bloop to 3rd base, caught by Mike Moustakas on the fly and flipped to first for a game-ending double play, as Yoenis Cespedes was caught way off 1st base.


POSITIVES: Being down 3-1 in the World Series, there aren’t many. Steven Matz and Addison Reed were solid as ever, with Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon getting key outs. Michael Conforto hit two home runs before being lifted for defense. Hansel Robles pitched a clean 9th after the Mets had fallen behind 5-3.

NEGATIVES: Murphy’s error could very well have cost the Mets the game, but Tyler Clippard walked back-to-back hitters with 1 out to set up the fiasco. Jeurys Familia couldn’t get out of the jam cleanly, though he did get a couple of ground balls at first. Yoenis Cespedes ruined any outside shot at a 2-out 9th inning rally by getting doubled off 1st base. Cespedes also booted a ball earlier in the game that led to a run.

This was a game that summarized Mets fans’ fears. Weak middle relief, weak defense, and an inability to hit the Kansas City bullpen (save for a solo shot by Conforto against Danny Duffy) sealed their fate. On top of that, 2 runs in 4 innings against Chris Young won’t cut it, especially when they’ll face Volquez tomorrow, plus Cueto and Ventura if the series continues past tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Matt Harvey faces Edinson Volquez at 8:07 ET at Citi Field in a rematch of Game 1. The Mets are facing elimination, as they are down 3 games to 1.


WPA Winner: Michael Conforto (.239)

WPA Losers:

  • Jeurys Familia (-.555)
  • Lucas Duda (-.207)
  • Tyler Clippard (-.099)

Best Plays:

  • Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 3rd inning (.136)
  • Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 3-1, 5th inning (.111)

Worst Plays:

  • Eric Hosmer reaches on a fielding error by Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist scores. Game tied 3-3, 8th inning (-.341)
  • Mike Moustakas hits an RBI single, Royals up 4-3, 8th inning (-.186)
  • Lucas Duda lines into a double play with runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, 9th inning, Royals up 5-3 (-.169)
  • Lorenzo Cain hits an RBI single, Mets up 3-2, 6th inning (-.106)
  • Alex Gordon hits an RBI single, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (-.103)
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World Series Game 2 Recap: Royals 7, Mets 1

The Royals defeated the Mets by a score of 6-1, taking game 2 of the World Series to take a 2 games to none lead. Jacob deGrom was very strong over his first 3 innings, but worked in and out of trouble in the 4th before giving up 4 runs in the 5th. It was the first time since September 22nd that a Mets starter allowed more than 3 runs (Logan Verrett). Meanwhile, the Mets struggled mightily against Royals starter Johnny Cueto, who went the distance giving up only 2 soft hits to Lucas Duda, 3 walks, and a run while striking out 4.

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Both starters got off to a fast start, retiring the side in the 1st, before the Mets got a 1-out single by Lucas Duda, a soft grounder against the shift. Duda was quickly erased, however, on an inning-ending double play off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud. Jacob deGrom worked around a 1-out walk in the 3rd before the Mets put together a few baserunners in the 4th. Walks to Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy put runners on 1st and 2nd for Yoenis Cespedes, who grounded into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. Eric Hosmer, however, came off the base at 1st, allowing Lucas Duda to dunk a bloop single into left to score the first run of the game. The Mets had a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 4th, Jacob deGrom worked around a leadoff fielding error, a 1 out single, and a 2 out walk, but deGrom would not be so lucky in the 5th. A leadoff walk to Alex Gordon set the stage, and Alex Rios singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Alcides Escobar, after failing to get a bunt down, singled into center to score the tying run. Ben Zobrist then grounded out to 1st, putting the runners on 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out. DeGrom got Lorenzo Cain to line out to center, but Eric Hosmer singled in two to make it 3-1 Royals. Kendrys Morales and Mike Moustakas followed with singles to make it 4-1.

Hansel Robles and Jon Niese worked an effective 6th and 7th inning, respectively, while Johnny Cueto continued to retire the Mets in order. In the 8th inning, the wheels fell off for Niese, who allowed a single to Mike Moustakas and a double to Salvador Perez to lead off the inning. Alex Gordon followed with a double off of Wilmer Flores‘s glove, scoring only one run to make it 5-1. Addison Reed came in and allowed a long sacrifice fly to Paulo Orlando to make it 6-1. Alcides Escobar then tripled to make it 7-1. Sean Gilmartin came in to get the final two outs of the inning.

Johnny Cueto, with a 7-1 lead, came out for the 9th inning, and worked around a 2-out walk to Daniel Murphy to finish his complete game 2-hitter.


POSITIVES: Lucas Duda got a couple of hits, however cheap they may have been, and they proved to be the only two hits the Mets would have on the night. Hansel Robles worked a 1-2-3 6th (albeit with a couple of 400 foot fly balls) and Jon Niese worked a clean 7th, before imploding in the 8th. Sean Gilmartin got two quick outs once the damage was done.

NEGATIVES: Other than Duda, there were a lot of 0/3s and 0/4s in the box score, with Daniel Murphy 0/2 with a couple of walks. Jon Niese did not do well in the 8th after a strong 7th, and Addison Reed proved again how he should never ever enter the middle of an inning. Jacob deGrom was solid at first, but was unable to put away the Kansas City batters in the 5th.

Game 3 will be on Friday at Citi Field, with an 8:07 ET start time. Noah Syndergaard will face off against Yordano Ventura.


WPA Winners: Lucas Duda (.156)

WPA Losers:

  • Jacob deGrom (-.275)
  • Travis d’Arnaud (-.108)

Best Plays:

  • Lucas Duda hits an RBI single, Mets up 1-0, 4th inning (.143)
  • Lorenzo Cain flies out with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. Game tied 1-1, 5th inning, Jacob deGrom pitching (.106)
  • Salvador Perez grounds out with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Mets up 1-0, 4th inning, Jacob deGrom pitching (.100)

Worst Plays:

  • Eric Hosmer hits a 2-run single, Royals up 3-1, 5th inning (-.235)
  • Alcides Escobar hits an RBI single, game tied 1-1, 5th inning (-.142)

World Series Game 1 Recap: Royals 5, Mets 4 (14)

The Mets fell to the Royals in game 1 of the World Series in 14 innings. The Mets had a 3-1 lead going into the 6th inning and a 4-3 lead after 7, but the Royals tied the game in the 9th when Alex Gordon homered off of Jeurys Familia. The bullpens held the score tied at 4 until the 14th, when a David Wright error and a single put runners on the corners with no one out. An intentional walk to Lorenzo Cain set up Eric Hosmer for a walk-off sacrifice fly to right.

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The Royals got off to the fast start in game 1, when Alcides Escobar hit Matt Harvey‘s first pitch fastball into the left-center field gap for an inside the park home run, after caroming off of Yoenis Cespedes‘s leg. The Royals had a 1-0 lead.

The Mets did not get their first hit or first run until the 4th inning. Daniel Murphy singled to lead off the inning, Lucas Duda singled with 1 out, and Travis d’Arnaud hit a sharp single to third baseman Mike Moustakas that he couldn’t handle to score the Mets’ first run of the game. The score was tied at 1.

In the 5th, Curtis Granderson homered with one out to make it 2-1 Mets. In the 6th, back-to-back singles by Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda set the stage for a sacrifice fly by Michael Conforto to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Matt Harvey was very solid through the first 5 innings, having allowed only 2 hits, a run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. In the 6th, Harvey gave up a leadoff double to Ben Zobrist and a single to Lorenzo Cain to put runners at the corners with no one out. Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and Lorenzo Cain stole 2nd to put the tying run in scoring position. Kendrys Morales grounded to Harvey, but Mike Moustakas lined a game-tying single to center. The game was tied at 3.

The Mets scored in the top of the 7th after a 2-out single by defensive sub Juan Lagares, a stolen base, and a fielding error by Eric Hosmer on a grounder by Wilmer Flores. The Mets took a 4-3 lead. Tyler Clippard allowed a leadoff double in the 8th to Zobrist, but struck out Cain and Hosmer before walking Morales and being lifted for Jeurys Familia. Familia got Mike Moustakas to ground out to end the threat, but with 1 out in the 9th, Familia allowed a game-tying solo home run to Alex Gordon.

From there on, the bullpens battled and put up matching zeroes until the 14th. For the Mets, Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece, with Colon working into and out of trouble. For the Royals, the Mets were held in check by single innings from Wade Davis and Ryan Madson, before Chris Young pitched 3 scoreless.

In the 14th, Colon allowed a leadoff baserunner on a grounder by Alcides Escobar, in which David Wright’s throw pulled Lucas Duda off the base (though on a second viewing, it looks like Escobar had the ball beat anyway). A single by Ben Zobrist put runners on the corners with no one out, forcing Colon to walk Lorenzo Cain to load the bases, putting a force at every base. Eric Hosmer hit a fly ball to right field, and Escobar tagged to score from 3rd to give the Royals the 5-4 walk-off victory.


POSITIVES: Juan Lagares had quite a game off the bench, and was 2/3 with a steal and a run scored. Lagares fought off multiple tough pitches from Kelvin Herrera in the 7th before getting on base and eventually scoring the go-ahead run. Harvey was solid through 6, but not dominant. Addison Reed and Jon Niese were especially strong out of the bullpen, and Tyler Clippard got two huge outs after allowing a leadoff double. Bartolo Colon was solid, but eventually the Royals were able to bunch up a couple of baserunners with no one out.

NEGATIVES: Michael Cuddyer was 0/3 with 3 strikeouts as a replacement for Kelly Johnson as DH. Wilmer Flores was 0/4 with a walk, but that doesn’t consider a couple of hard-hit balls and that the ball he hit in the 7th to score Lagares probably should have been ruled a hit instead of an error on Eric Hosmer. Flores also made a couple of very strong defensive plays. David Wright was 2/7, but did not come up big in key situations, and had a couple of throwing issues. Jeurys Familia blew his first save since July 30th, allowing a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Game 2 is tomorrow at 8:07, with Jacob deGrom facing Johnny Cueto.


WPA Winner:

  • Jon Niese (.252)
  • Wilmer Flores (.181)

WPA Losers:

  • David Wright (-.218)
  • Yoenis Cespedes (-.200)
  • Jeurys Familia (-.181)
  • Michael Cuddyer (-.148)
  • Matt Harvey (-.123)
  • Bartolo Colon (-.121)

Best Plays:

  • Wilmer Flores reaches on a fielding error by Eric Hosmer, Juan Lagares scored. Mets up 4-3, 7th inning (.264)
  • Curtis Granderson hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-1, 5th inning (.159)
  • Jarrod Dyson flies out with the bases loaded and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 12th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.153)
  • Mike Moustakas grounds out with 2 outs and runners on the corners, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Jeurys Familia pitching (.137)
  • Lorenzo Cain strikes out with a runner on 2nd and no outs, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning, Tyler Clippard pitching (.117)
  • Paulo Orlando grounds out with a runner on 2nd and 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 13th inning, Bartolo Colon pitching (.102)

Worst Plays:

  • Alex Gordon hits a solo home run, game tied at 4, 9th inning (-.472)
  • Ben Zobrist singles, Alcides Escobar advances to 3rd base, no one out, game tied at 4, 14th inning (-.264)
  • Mike Moustakas hits an RBI single, game tied 3-3, 6th inning (-.185)
  • Ben Zobrist doubles with no one out, Mets up 4-3, 8th inning (-.177)
  • Lorenzo Cain singles, Ben Zobrist advances to 3rd base, no one out, Mets up 3-1, 6th inning (-.115)
  • David Wright strikes out with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs, game tied 4-4, 11th inning, Ryan Madson pitching (-.108)
  • Alcides Escobar hits an inside-the-park solo home run, Royals up 1-0, 1st inning (-.107)

World Series Game 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Volquez

The Mets face the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of the World Series. Tonight’s game is at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and starts at 8:07 PM ET. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Edinson Volquez (3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 200 1/3 IP over 33 starts and 1 relief appearance). The Mets and Royals have never faced each other in the World Series, and in fact, it is the first time in major league history that two expansion teams have met in the World Series.

In his two postseason starts, Matt Harvey has allowed 5 runs over 12 2/3 innings (4 earned), 11 hits, and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 16 and hitting a batter. Harvey was particularly impressive in his most recent start, game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs during which he allowed only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Volquez, in 3 postseason starts in 2015, has allowed 8 runs in 16 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 12 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 15. Volquez’s best start was in game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, in which he pitched 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4.

The Mets have not played the Royals since 2013, and among the 50 active players on the two rosters, only one has played for both teams: Royals starting pitcher Chris Young. The Mets have not played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City since 2004.

Lineups:

Mets:Matt Harvey

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Kelly Johnson, DH (L)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  8. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  9. Alex Rios, RF (R)

Mets Bench:

Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B (R), Juan Uribe**, 3B/2B (R), Juan Lagares, CF (R), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

**Juan Uribe rejoins the Mets after missing the Division Series and the Championship Series with a chest injury. He replaces Matt Reynolds on the roster. Uribe is the only player on the Mets to have won a World Series before, and he has done so twice: as a member of the 2005 White Sox and a member of the 2010 Giants.

Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Jeurys Familia (R), Tyler Clippard (R), Addison Reed (R), Hansel Robles (R), Jon Niese (L), Bartolo Colon (R), Sean Gilmartin (L), Jacob deGrom* (R), Noah Syndergaard* (R) Steven Matz* (L)

Royals Bench:

Paulo Orlando, OF (R), Christian Colon, IF (R), Jarrod Dyson, OF (L), Raul Mondesi**, SS/2B (S), Drew Butera, C (R)

**Mondesi replaces pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore. Mondesi, should he appear in a game, would become the first player in history to make his major league debut in the World Series.

Royals Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Wade Davis (R), Kelvin Herrera (R), Ryan Madson (R), Luke Hochevar (R), Kris Medlen (R), Danny Duffy (L), Franklin Morales (L), Johnny Cueto* (R), Yordano Ventura* (R), Chris Young* (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLCS Game 2 Recap: Mets 4, Cubs 1

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 4-1 in game 2 of the National League Championship Series to take a 2-0 series lead. Noah Syndergaard was extremely strong, allowing only 1 run through 5 2/3 innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9. The Mets only had 5 hits on the night, but 3 of the 5 came in the first 3 batters of the game on a Curtis Granderson single, a David Wright RBI double, and a Daniel Murphy 2-run home run, his 5th home run of the postseason and his 4th consecutive game with a home run.

After the Mets jumped Jake Arrieta for 3 runs in the first 3 batters, Arrieta settled down to allow only 1 more run over 5 innings pitched. Curtis Granderson manufactured a run in the 3rd after a leadoff walk, steals of 2nd and 3rd, and an RBI infield single by Yoenis Cespedes. Jon Niese, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia combined for the final 10 outs of the 4-1 win.

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After Noah Syndergaard worked around a 2-out single in the 1st inning, the Mets jumped on Jake Arrieta quickly, with a line-drive single by Curtis Granderson, a long RBI double by David Wright, and a 2-run home run by Daniel Murphy, hooked just inside the right field foul pole. The Mets took a 3-0 lead before Arrieta recorded an out.

Arrieta retired his next 3, and Syndergaard and Arrieta each had a perfect 2nd inning, punctuated by a fantastic play by Curtis Granderson that may have robbed Chris Coghlan of a home run.

In the 3rd, after Syndergaard worked around a 2-out walk, the Mets led off with a walk by Granderson. On a David Wright strikeout, Granderson stole 2nd, prompting the Cubs to intentionally walk Daniel Murphy. While Yoenis Cespedes was batting, Granderson stole 3rd, and then scored on an infield single to shortstop by Cespedes. Arrieta worked around further trouble, and both Arrieta and Syndergaard were perfect through the 4th and 5th.

In the 6th, Arrieta left for pinch hitter Tommy La Stella, who flied out to lead off the inning. After a Dexter Fowler single and a wild pitch, Kyle Schwarber struck out before Kris Bryant lined a double to left to give the Cubs their first run of the game. The Mets’ lead was cut to 4-1. However, Jon Niese was brought in to face Anthony Rizzo, and struck him out to end the inning.

Addison Reed pitched a perfect 7th and Tyler Clippard worked around a 2-out single in the 8th before Jeurys Familia worked around a 1-out infield single in the 9th to end the game.


POSITIVES: Daniel Murphy continues his torrid postseason, and was 2/3 with a 2-run home run and a walk. David Wright got a big 1st inning hit, lining an RBI double over Dexter Fowler’s head. Curtis Granderson was the sparkplug of the night, and was 1/3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and 2 stolen bases. Noah Syndergaard was brilliant through 5 2/3 innings, allowing only 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run while striking out 9. Jon Niese retired a key batter in the 6th, before Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia successfully closed out the win without allowing any more runs.

NEGATIVES: Travis d’Arnud, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, and Wilmer Flores were each 0/3 on the night, with all but d’Arnaud striking out twice (d’Arnaud struck out once).

On Tuesday at 8:07 in Chicago, Jacob deGrom faces Kyle Hendricks in game 3.


WPA Winners:

  • Noah Syndergaard (.134 pitching, -.006 batting, .128 total)
  • Daniel Murphy (.126)
  • David Wright (.117)
  • Bullpen (.114; .035 by Reed, .031 by Clippard, .024 by Familia, .023 by Niese)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • David Wright hits an RBI double, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.134)
  • Daniel Murphy hit a 2-run home run, Mets up 3-0, 1st inning (.121)

Worst Plays: None under -.100

NLCS Game 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Lester

The Mets and Cubs face off in game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Tonight’s game is at Citi Field and starts at 8:07 PM. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Jon Lester (3.34 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 1.12 WHIP, 205 IP over 32 starts). The Mets and Cubs have never faced each other in the postseason.

In his one postseason start, Matt Harvey has allowed 3 runs over 5 innings (2 earned), 7 hits, and 2 walks while striking out 7. Lester, in his one postseason start of 2015, pitched 7 1/3 innings while allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 wild pitches while striking out 9. Harvey made one start against the Cubs this season, and shut them out over 7 innings while allowing only 2 walks and 3 hits while striking out 9. Lester made two starts against the Mets this season, and in 13 innings, he allowed 3 runs, 10 hits and 5 walks while striking out 13. His second start against the Mets in July was an outing of 7 shutout innings.

Lineups:

Mets:Matt Harvey

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, LF (R)
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  6. Michael Cuddyer, 1B (R)
  7. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  8. Juan Lagares, CF (R)
  9. Matt Harvey, P (R)

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  1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF (L)
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  5. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
  6. Jorge Soler, RF (R)
  7. Javier Baez, SS (R)
  8. David Ross, C (R)
  9. Jon Lester, P (L)

Mets Bench:

Michael Conforto, LF (L), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Lucas Duda, 1B (L), Kelly Johnson, IF/OF (L), Matt Reynolds, SS/2B (R), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Jeurys Familia (R), Tyler Clippard (R), Addison Reed (R), Hansel Robles (R), Jon Niese (L), Bartolo Colon (R), Sean Gilmartin** (L), Noah Syndergaard* (R), Jacob deGrom* (R), Steven Matz* (L)

**Gilmartin replaces Erik Goeddel, after Goeddel did not record an out while facing 4 batters in the NLDS. Gilmartin is likely on the rosters for a couple of reasons. First, Jon Niese may miss part of a game due to a death in his family [Rubin] and second, the Cubs as a team have not hit lefties (.303 wOBA) as well as they have hit righties (.316 wOBA). Also of note for the Mets, Juan Uribe is unavailable for this series.

Cubs Bench:

Chris Coghlan, OF/IF (L), Austin Jackson, OF (R), Chris Denorfia, OF (R), Tommy La Stella, 3B/2B (L), Quintin Berry**, OF (L), Miguel Montero, C (L)

**Quintin Berry replaces Addison Russell, who is unavailable for the NLCS after re-injuring his hamstring in game 3 of the NLDS. Javier Baez will start at shortstop in his place.

Cubs Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Hector Rondon (R), Pedro Strop (R), Justin Grimm (R), Travis Wood (L), Trevor Cahill (R), Fernando Rodney (R), Clayton Richard (L), Jake Arrieta* (R), Jason Hammel* (R), Kyle Hendricks* (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLDS Game 2 Recap: Dodgers 5, Mets 2, Utley breaks Tejada’s leg with takeout slide

The Dodgers defeated the Mets by a score of 5-3 to even the series at 1 game apiece. The Mets jumped ahead with home runs by Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto in the 2nd inning, but the Dodgers stormed back in the 7th inning against Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, and Addison Reed with an assist by Chase Utley‘s late slide, the umpiring crew, and the replay umpires.

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The Mets jumped out to the early lead with solo home runs by Cespedes and Conforto in the 2nd, but that would be all they would get on the night. Noah Syndergaard struck out 9 over 6 1/3 innings and worked in and out of trouble throughout the night.

Syndergaard left after 6 1/3, after having allowed 1 run, but he left runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Terry Collins opted to go to Bartolo Colon to face Howie Kendrick, who hit a grounder up the middle fielded by Daniel Murphy. Murphy flipped to Ruben Tejada for the forceout, but before he could try and turn what would have been a difficult double play, Chase Utley took him out on a late slide, allowing the game tying run to score and breaking Tejada’s fibula. In a baffling turn of events, the forceout was overturned on replay after video review showed Tejada did not touch 2nd base. Neither Utley nor Tejada touched 2nd, but Utley was ruled safe. What followed was a flyout by Corey Seager, but then a 2-run double by Adrian Gonzalez and an RBI double by Justin Turner. The Dodgers took a 5-3 lead, and didn’t look back.


A few things:

  • Double play should have been called on interference. Utley tried to reach 2nd base, but couldn’t. It should have constituted an interference and an automatic double play
  • Ruben Tejada missed the base, but so did Chase Utley. Tejada was in the process of trying to turn two, which would make the call a neighborhood play. Neighborhood plays are explicitly not reviewable. Therefore, the replay review never should have happened.
  • Chase Utley, despite never having touched the base, was ruled safe. Utley was ruled safe, since after the initial out call, there was no need for him to touch 2nd. According to Joe Torre, had a Mets player tagged Utley when he was walking off the field, he would have been called out. For some reason, the Mets should have tagged a player who was already out, but Chase Utley did not need to touch 2nd base when already out.

Take that for what you will. Some links:

POSITIVES: Cespedes and Conforto hit some nice shots against Greinke. Syndergaard looked shaky at times, but strong overall. Jon Niese got a big strikeout in the 7th, even though the damage had already been done before he entered the game. Hansel Robles pitched a scoreless 8th. Curtis Granderson was once again 2/3 with a walk.

NEGATIVES: Addison Reed did not help matters in the 7th, when he allowed 3 runs to score after getting the 2nd out. Of course, with two outs, one could argue that the runs should never have scored. David Wright as 0/4, Lucas Duda 0/3, and Travis d’Arnaud 0/3 with 3 strikeouts. Ruben Tejada has a broken fibula and, presumably, is out for the season.

Game 3 is Monday at 8:37 PM at Citi Field, with Matt Harvey facing Brett Anderson.


WPA Winners: None over .100

WPA Losers:

  • Addison Reed (-.308)
  • David Wright (-.155)
  • Bartolo Colon (-.152)

Best Plays:

  • Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 2nd inning (.116)
  • Michael Conforto hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-0, 2nd inning (.109)

Worst Play:

  • Adrian Gonzalez hits a 2-run double, Dodgers up 4-2, 7th inning (-.327)
  • Howie Kendrick hits an RBI fielder’s choice, Game tied 2-2, 7th inning (-.152)
  • Andre Ethier hits an RBI double, Mets up 2-1, 4th inning (-.134)
  • Chase Utley singled, Kike Hernandez advances to 3rd, Mets up 2-1, 7th inning (-.108)