Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

mets logo featuredWith the Cubs evening things up against the Cardinals last night, our emotions suddenly swing to “OMG WHO ARE THEY GOING TO PLAY IN THE NLCS!?!”

That is, of course, a swing too far, but it does make the other NLDS series just a touch more interesting …

  • And it, too, is now tied at one thanks to a comeback 5-2 win by the Dodgers. The Mets were up 2-1 for much of the game on the strength of homers by Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto, but the Dodgers plated four runs in a seventh inning that featured an unusual review at second base of a play that could have been described as a neighborhood play (and thus not reviewable). No out was recorded on the play after the review, the inning continued, and the Dodgers went on to put the game away.
  • Speaking of that play at second, it was Chase Utley plowing late into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada:

  • Tejada’s leg was broken on the play. Just as it was with Jung-Ho Kang, I don’t think the result of the play is what determines whether it was dirty or not (in the Kang/Chris Coghlan case, I thought he was a little late, but not egregiously so, and it was just a really unfortunate outcome that Kang was injured). But here, on several views, that was a pretty bad slide by Utley. He was very, very late, and although he could touch the bag, there was absolutely no intent there other than to blast Tejada. Legal? Maybe. A hard play that lots of guys make? Maybe. But it’s not something I think should be part of the game, which I discussed at length back when Kang was injured.

  • In another world, where there is no neighborhood play and where runners must run/slide within a lane directly at the base, the Mets record a single out there, Utley never comes within three feet of Tejada, and everyone keeps playing.
  • The Mets and Dodgers play again on Monday as the series moves to New York. Today, the Royals and Astros (1-1) play at 3pm CT, and the Rangers and Blue Jays (TEX up 2-0) play at 7pm CT.

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