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NLDS Game 3 Preview: Harvey vs. Anderson

The Mets take on the Dodgers at 8:37 PM at Citi Field. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) takes on lefty Brett Anderson (3.69 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, 180 1/3 IP over 31 starts) The Mets and Dodgers split the first two games of the best-of-five series.

Lineups:Matt Harvey


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


  1. Howie Kendrick, 2B (R)
  2. Jimmy Rollins, SS (S)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  4. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  5. Andre Ethier, RF (L)
  6. Carl Crawford, LF (L)
  7. Yasmani Grandal, C (S)
  8. Kike Hernandez, CF (R)
  9. Brett Anderson, P (L)

Ruben Tejada, after breaking his leg on Saturday, will not need surgery and should be ready for spring training. The Mets have called up Matt Reynolds to replace him on the roster, who should he see game action, would be only the 2nd player in the modern era to make his major league debut in the postseason. Juan Lagares gets the start over Michael Conforto against the lefty, and Michael Cuddyer sits with sub-par numbers against Anderson for his career. Cuddyer is also likely sitting after his two defensive misplays in game 1.

For the Dodgers, it was announced that Clayton Kershaw will start game 4 on 3-days rest, while Zack Greinke will start game 5 on regular rest if needed. Chase Utley is appealing his suspension, and the appeal will not be heard before today or tomorrow’s games, therefore he is available to play.

The Mets did not face Brett Anderson in the 2015 season, but Matt Harvey faced the Dodgers twice, allowing 5 runs in 12 innings. In those two starts, Harvey allowed home runs to Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson, and Jimmy Rollins.

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.


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)

NLDS Game 2 Preview: Syndergaard vs. Greinke

The Mets take on the Dodgers in game 2 of the National League Division Series. Noah Syndergaard (3.24 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, 150 IP over 24 starts) faces off against Zack Greinke (1.66 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 0.84 WHIP, 222 2/3 IP over 32 starts). The Mets currently hold a 1-0 series lead after their 3-1 victory last night.



  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. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Noah Syndergaard, P (L)


  1. Howie Kendrick, 2B (R)
  2. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  4. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  5. Andre Ethier, RF (L)
  6. Carl Crawford, LF (L)
  7. Yasmani Grandal, C (S)
  8. Kike Hernandez, CF (R)
  9. Zack Greinke, P (R)

In 14 innings over 2 starts against the Mets, Zack Greinke has held the Mets to only 2 runs, while Noah Syndergaard held the Dodgers to only a solo home run in his 6 innings against them (to Adrian Gonzalez).

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLDS Game 1 Recap: Mets 3, Dodgers 1

The Mets defeated the Dodgers by a score of 3-1 to take game 1 of the National League Division Series. Jacob deGrom threw 7 shutout innings while striking out 13, allowing only 5 hits and 1 walk (intentional). Clayton Kershaw threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits, 4 walks, 3 runs while striking out 11. When he left the game, Kershaw had allowed only 1 run, a solo home run to Daniel Murphy, but Pedro Baez inherited a bases loaded 2-out situation and gave up a 2-run single to David Wright.


Both pitchers came out of the gate dealing, with deGrom striking out 6 through the first two innings and Kershaw striking out 4. Both pitchers worked around baserunners in the early innings, with deGrom working around a leadoff double by Justin Turner in the 2nd (a ball Michael Cuddyer should have caught). Kershaw worked around a 1-out single and deGrom around a 2-out double in the 3rd, before Daniel Murphy took Kershaw deep to lead off the 4th inning. The Mets took a 1-0 lead.

From there onward, deGrom and Kershaw matched zeros until the 7th inning. Lucas Duda drew a leadoff walk and advanced to 2nd on a Michael Cuddyer groundout. Ruben Tejada walked, allowing Jacob deGrom to bunt the runners over (even though he had thrown over 100 pitches at that point). Curtis Granderson drew Kershaw’s 3rd walk of the inning before David Wright lined a 2-run single up the middle against reliever Pedro Baez. The Mets took a 3-0 lead, while deGrom added another couple strikeouts in a clean 7th inning to finish with 13 on the night (which ties a Mets postseason record, Tom Seaver in 1973). It was the first time in MLB postseason history that both starting pitchers had 11+ strikeouts, and only the 2nd time both had 10+ strikeouts.

In the 8th, Tyler Clippard allowed a 1-out double by Howie Kendrick and a 2-out RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez to cut the lead to 3-1, before Jeurys Familia was brought on for a 4-out save. Familia retired all four batters he faced to complete the 3-1 victory.

POSITIVES: Jacob deGrom was absolutely dominant, matching Kershaw pitch by pitch and working out of some key jams. Despite a high pitch count, deGrom threw 7 shutout innings to help the Mets to a victory. Familia was fantastic, and after a soft liner in the 8th, got 3 straight ground balls in the 9th. Curtis Granderson had a fantastic game against the toughest lefty in the game, and was 2/3 with a key walk (the one out was a line drive to deep right field). Daniel Murphy and David Wright came through with key hits, with Murphy taking advantage of a rare Kershaw mistake. Murphy also made a couple of solid plays at 1st base in the 9th.

NEGATIVES: Yoenis Cespedes was 0/4 with 3 strikeouts, and Travis d’Arnaud also had trouble with an 0/4 game. Michael Cuddyer was 0/3 with a strikeout, but made a misplay in the 2nd inning before not reaching a fly-ball double in the 3rd. Tyler Clippard looked hittable, giving up line drives to 3 out of 4 batters he faced.

The Mets take Game 1 and a 1-0 series lead. Tomorrow at 9:07, Noah Syndergaard faces off against Zack Greinke.

WPA Winners:

  • Jacob deGrom (.407 pitching, -.066 batting, .341 total)
  • David Wright (.148)
  • Jeurys Familia (.114)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Plays:

  • David Wright hits a 2-run single, Mets up 3-0, 7th inning (.177)
  • Daniel Murphy hits a solo home run, Mets up 1-0, 4th inning (.139)

Worst Play: None under -.100

NLDS Game 1 Preview: deGrom vs. Kershaw

The Mets take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 1 of the National League Division Series. Jacob deGrom (2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 0.98 WHIP, 191 IP over 30 starts) faces off against reigning NL Cy Young and MVP award winner Clayton Kershaw (2.13 ERA, 1.99 FIP, 0.88 WHIP in 232 2/3 IP over 33 starts). For the Mets, it is their first playoff game since 2006, while the Dodgers are making their 3rd straight appearance in the Division Series. This is the 3rd playoff series the Mets and Dodgers have played; The Dodgers took the 1988 NLCS 4 games to 3, while the Mets swept the 2006 NLDS 3 games to none.



  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  4. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  6. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  7. Michael Cuddyer, LF (R)
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)


  1. Carl Crawford, LF (L)
  2. Howie Kendrick, 2B (R)
  3. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  5. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  6. Andre Ethier, RF (L)
  7. A.J. Ellis, C (R)
  8. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  9. Clayton Kershaw, P (L)

Mets Bench:

Michael Conforto, LF (L), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Juan Lagares, CF (R), Kelly Johnson, IF/OF (L), Wilmer Flores, 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) Erik Goeddel (R), Noah Syndergaard* (R), Matt Harvey* (R), Steven Matz* (L)

Dodgers Bench:

Kike Hernandez, OF/IF (R), Chase Utley, IF (L), Jimmy Rollins, SS (S), Yasiel Puig, OF (R), Justin Ruggiano, OF (R), Yasmani Grandal, C (S)

Dodgers Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Kenley Jansen (R), Luis Avilan (L), Chris Hatcher (R), J.P. Howell (L), Pedro Baez (R), Joel Peralta (R), Yimi Garcia (R), Zack Greinke* (R), Brett Anderson* (L), Alex Wood* (L)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

Game Recap: Mets 1, Nationals 0

The Mets (90-72) defeated the Washington Nationals (83-79) by a score of 1-0. Mets pitchers had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 IP, but Clint Robinson lined a ball up the middle that caromed off of Ruben Tejada‘s knee, giving the Nationals their first hit of the afternoon. Mets pitchers combined for a 2-hit shutout, with contributions from starter Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, Logan Verrett, Jon Niese, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia. Familia garnered his 43rd save of the season, tying Armando Benitez‘s single season record.


Once again, the Mets bats were quiet against Nationals pitching. Starter Tanner Roark allowed only 3 hits and 1 walk in 6 shutout innings while striking out 6. Sammy Solis added a scoreless inning before Curtis Granderson homered to center with 1 out in the 8th inning off of Blake Treinen.

It was the Mets pitching that was on display today though. Jacob deGrom took 72 pitches to pitch through 4 innings, allowing only 2 walks and striking out 7 with no hits. Bartolo Colon and Logan Verrett each tacked on a hitless inning, and Jon Niese got two outs in the 7th inning before Clint Robinson lined a single up the middle, under Niese, that caromed off of Ruben Tejada’s knee for a base hit. Addison Reed got the 3rd out, Tyler Clippard pitched a clean 8th, and Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th and worked around a 2-out double by Bryce Harper.

The Mets finish the season with a 90-72 record, their best since 2006 when they finished 97-65. It marks the first time since 2000 that the Mets will enter the postseason with a better record than the Yankees, who finished their season at 87-75.

With all the playoff spots wrapping up today (Houston got the 2nd AL Wild Card spot, Texas got the AL West title), there will be no tiebreaker games tomorrow. Baseball resumes at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, with Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros taking on Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Jake Arrieta and the Cubs take on Gerrit Cole and the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and the ALDS starts Thursday with the NLDS starting Friday.

POSITIVES: Curtis Granderson provided all the offense the Mets needed today with his 26th home run of the season, wrapping up a great comeback season. He was 3/4 on the afternoon. DeGrom, Colon, Verrett, Niese, Reed, Clippard, and Familia were all solid in their pitching work today.

NEGATIVES: The offense in general, once again. It’s certainly concerning that the offense has mustered so little over the last 5 games of the season, but things can certainly change very quickly.

WPA Positives:

  • Bullpen (.433, including .136 by Famliia, .092 by Clippard, .067 by Verrett, and .060 by Colon)
  • Curtis Granderson (.376)
  • Jacob deGrom (.193 pitching, -.016 batting, .177 total)

WPA Negatives: None under -.100, but plenty in the negatives

Best Plays:

  • Curtis Granderson homers, Mets up 1-0, 8th inning (.325)
  • Jayson Werth flied out off of Jeurys Familia, 1-0, 9th inning, 3 outs (.102)

Worst Plays: None under -.100

Game Preview: Roark vs. deGrom

The Mets (89-72) take on the Washington Nationals (83-78) at 3:10 at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (2.60 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 0.99 WHIP, 187 IP over 29 starts) faces off against Tanner Roark (4.63 ERA, 4.85 FIP, 1.34 WHIP, 105 IP over 11 starts and 28 relief appearances). This is the final game of the regular season and holds no importance for the Mets, as the Dodgers clinched home field advantage in the NLDS with a win last night against San Diego.



  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. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)


  1. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  2. Trea Turner, 2B (R)
  3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  4. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  5. Clint Robinson, 1B (L)
  6. Ian Desmond, SS (R)
  7. Michael Taylor, CF (R)
  8. Pedro Severino, C (R)
  9. Tanner Roark, P (R)

Mets News: According to Terry Collins, Jacob deGrom will be limited to 80 pitches today, and will be followed by Bartolo Colon, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia. Steven Matz will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and will pitch in the instructional league on Thursday. Assuming all goes well, that should set him up for a game 4 NLDS start. The Mets are also not opposed to bringing back Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard on 3 days rest. If the Mets are down 2-1 in the NLDS, deGrom could pitch game 4 on 3 days rest and Syndergaard game 5 on regular rest. Juan Uribe is “real iffy” for the NLDS, and his absence could open up a spot for Eric Young Jr., Kirk Nieuwnhuis, or an 8th relief pitcher.

Jacob deGrom is looking to put a nice topper on a fantastic season, albeit in what will likely be a shortened outing. DeGrom is currently 5th among qualified NL pitchers in ERA, 4th in FIP, 4th in xFIP, 7th in BB%, 5th in K%, 4th in K-BB%, 5th in SIERA (ERA estimator), 7th in fWAR, 10th in pitchers bWAR, 8th in RE24, 6th in WPA, and 5th in WPA/LI (context neutral WPA). DeGrom should get some Cy Young votes, but I’d be shocked if he finishes higher than 4th or gathers a single 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place vote, with Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw in front of him.

Tanner Roark, after a very successful 2014 season, has struggled this year while being shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation. Roark was jettisoned from the rotation to make room for Max Scherzer. Oddly enough, Roark has succeeded more in the bullpen than in the rotation, with a 3.74 ERA in bullpen work and a .313 wOBA against. In the rotation, over 11 starts, Roark has a 5.31 ERA and a .362 wOBA against. As a starter, Roark has struggled with the home run ball, allowing 1.82 HR/9. Roark has not started against the Mets this season, but he has made 4 relief appearances. In those appearances, he has pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs, all 4 of which came in an outing that lasted only 1/3 of an inning.

As always, LET’S GO METS!