With 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.