Chase Utley at Citi Field

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Here’s a new post we can use to discuss NLDS Games 3 and 4.

A brief recap on Chase Utley:

  1. Chase Utley slid hard into Ruben Tejada, breaking up the double play and allowing the tying run to score in Game 2.
  2. The umpire called Utley out.  No one called Howie Kendrick out at first.
  3. The Dodgers asked for a review.
  4. New York reviewed the call, and ruled Utley safe, because (a) it was not a neighborhood play and (b) Tejada did not touch second base.
  5. The Dodgers went on to win Game 2 with an Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner doubles that followed the Utley slide.
  6. Joe Torre said that Utley’s slide was late.
  7. MLB suspended Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4.
  8. Chase Utley appealed the suspension.
  9. The appeal will not be heard before Game 3 and perhaps not before Game 4.
  10. Chase Utley will likely start in Game 3.

Oh yeah, let’s win this one for Vin.

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118 thoughts on “Chase Utley at Citi Field

  1. I don’t know if starting him tonight is a great idea on Mattingly’s part. Nothing like pissing off the opponent even more than they already are!

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    • Utley is 6-for-18 against Matt Harvey with a double and a home run. Mattingly has to weigh that success rate against pissing off the opponent.

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  2. OBF, have a great time at the game and cheer for all of us. You are right about the atmosphere. I have been to many games at Dodger Stadium and sometimes the crowd is great and the excitement is high. But the playoffs are different. The fans are there earlier and stay longer. There is tension in the air. I will admit the crowd was a bit down late in Saturday’s game but certainly came very much alive when the Dodgers tied the score and a review went the Dodgers’ way. Wear you Dodger gear proudly.

    So Joe Torre says after the game the call about the slide was a judgment call and he seemed reluctant to second guess the umpires. Something obviously changed because by handing down a suspension for an illegal slide, he is telling the umpires they were wrong. I also admit I am biased but it does seem that whenever MLB has anything to do with the Dodgers, the results go against them. What did the Dodgers do to piss off MLB?

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    • Theories:

      1. Joe Torre continues to bend over backwards to make sure nobody thinks he is favoring his old team the Dodgers. The problem with this theory is that Torre has lots of prior teams with which he played or managed.

      2. The MLB wants only one team to buy a WS Championship and that’s the Yankees. Dumb theory.

      3. The MLB still holds a grudge against the Dodgers because of Frank McCourt.

      That’s all I got. None of them hold water.

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  3. I have a new favorite player and a new gravatar that somehow is more befitting of my screen name. The old favorite player just ain’t cuttin’ the mustard and hasn’t done so in some time.

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  4. Game 3 Lineup – Where’s Chase?

    Kendrick 2B
    Rollins SS
    Gonzalez 1B
    Turner 3B
    Ethier RF
    Crawford LF
    Grandal C
    Hernandez CF
    Anderson P

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    • What the hell – forget Chase, where is Seager? And why is the hitless Crawford still in this lineup? His last hit was ten days ago.

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  5. If MLB has anything against the Dodgers because of Frank McCourt, may I remind MLB it was the previous commissioner and his cronies that put the unqualified McCourt into the owner’s club in the first place. This act indicates MLB did have a problem with the Dodgers and wanted to make sure they were never heard from again. Now MLB has what it was trying to avoid when McCourt became owner: an ownership group with deep pockets. So take that, MLB.

    I am not sure what Torre has against the Dodgers, other than having to work under McCourt’s ownership. Torre was treated well and his appointed successor is still managing the team. But on to more important matters.

    I am not surprised to see Rollins in place of Seager. It is amazing how the playoffs can make what we thought was an extraordinary player appear ordinary. Rollins has had some success against the Mets, especially at Citi Field. Also, Kendrick gives the Dodgers a more reliable bat and decent defense at second base. Utley can still have his chance to be a game changer coming off the bench. And finally, starting Crawford still gives Donnie some flexibility later in the game.

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  6. Rollins has a good BA vs Harvey. so does Utley. if that be the line up, I dont like Kike in 8 hole, they will walk him to get to the pitcher and we lose a potent AB, put freaking Carl down there (GO Carl!) they might try to pitch to Carl. Dont have to tell all of you how important this game is! Go Dodgers!

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  7. I find it interesting that Adrian Beltre and Russell Martin are still making valuable contributions to their respective teams. I remember how and why both players left the Dodgers and while Beltre did not have great numbers those first few years in Seattle, he would have been better than any of the various players who the Dodgers tried at third base for quite some time after Beltre left. I thought Martin would play catcher for the Dodgers for years until his injuries took him out of the lineup and it appeared he would be a big risk to re-sign. Just goes to show how difficult it is to predict future performance, especially after serious injuries.

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  8. Just one more wish for the game – I wish that Yasmani Grandal suddenly finds hitting stroke tonight. He hasn’t had an MLB hit in the last three weeks.

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  9. Kershaw will be the starting pitcher for Game 4. This guarantees OBF that he will be seeing two great games, hopefully both will be Dodger victories.

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  10. I think oldbrooklyn has already left for the park, but it is probably the better idea to wear Brooklyn gear.
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    I wondered if Rollins might get the start. He was due for a turn and the atmosphere will be a little charged tonight. He’s played at this park a bunch, and I think this will be better. Let the rookie have a look at it, then give him a start tomorrow.
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    Looking forward to Utley’s entrance.

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  11. Dodger hitters trying to lay of the high strike. 3 singles and then the double just by the first baseman and some aggressive base running get the Dodgers 3 runs. Would have loved getting the 4th run as we will need a bunch to win this game. Stupid shifts

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  12. Interesting stat: Dodgers have had 25 at bats with runners in scoring position while the Mets have had 4. The Mets have done well with the few opportunities. Nothing more to say.

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  13. Dodgers showing typical signs. #3 pitcher, not ready for prime time…Ethier, Crawford and Grandal unable to even MOVE two runners with no outs. This team will be hard pressed to muster the grit to make this a ball game again.

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  14. No one on this team elevates their game when it comes to the playoffs, not even Kersh. Other teams do. There’s no other explanation how this happens year after year. They can beat up on all the crappy teams and win all the division titles they want. Unless they get someone to lead them to the next level, it’ll always be the SOS in the playoffs. They at least used to be able to make it past the first round before they fell apart. Now they can’t even do that. This game is downright embarrassing. I hope the FO is watching.

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  15. A team can look real bad when the pitching is bad, and Dodger pitching–minus the two big horses–has been bad all year. As much as I would like to see a change at manager, the 2015 season, to this point, is on the FO for assembling this pitching mess.

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    • I can agree with this too kahli. The FO has assembled a pitching staff every bit as porous as anything Ned ever put together.

      My question is, if you’re going play to win, why do you assemble a pitching staff as dreadful as this? Either put together a staff that can win, or throw away a season or two and rebuild. You can’t really do both at the same time. One or the other (or both) suffers for it. They flat out half-assed it. Ryu and McCarthy (not that he was going to be much either) went down at the start of the season. They had all year to properly replace them and did nothing. If Latos, Wood, Johnson and Avilar are the best you can come up with when Cuerto, Price and others are available, then how hard were you really trying to win?

      I’ve all but had it with this organization. Like I said, the only player of interest to me is Seager, so I’ll keep tabs on him next year, but the rest they can have.

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  16. The Front Office all should be joining hands and getting ready to jump off a high place. If they need help, I’m available for a push. Donnie should be positioned at the bottom ready to catch them all.

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  17. I figure the FO has already been targeting pitchers they need to get for next season. Makes me wonder how much it will take to keep Greinke.
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    Meanwhile, it’s all on Kershaw. He can somewhat repair his post season record with a good performance tonight.

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  18. well the dodgers have arrived at a position I did not want to see. Kershaw pitching on 3 days rest for a game 4 do or die. Shit. Does the FO finally see Donnies weakness? He cannot manage a Bullpen.
    Here is a mind boggler from last night, alex wood comes in the game suffers a lead off double, but gets two outs, here comes David Wright followed by Murphy, then cepedes, Word came down to walk Wright and face Murphy (who has about a 500 BA vs wood) and there comes burn baby burn, and so I dont know what would happen if He pitched to Wright, but strategy failed and Alex wood instead of being a bull pen savior to go pitch another 3-4 innings just gets pulled like any other reliever, and the Dodgers proceed to burn up there Bullpen, how timely, just as a tired Kershaw gets ready for his Manifest Destiny start today.

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  19. Don’t act surprised…we’ve all been watching this team play exactly as they are now, since the middle of April.

    Kershaw’s last outing was thrown in extreme heat…and after flying cross-country, will try and rebound and prolong the season pitching on 3 days rest. One things for sure…He’s gonna need some help in doing so.

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  20. I understand Anderson was deemed as our #5 when acquired, Ryu and McCarthy were to be 3 and 4.
    Matt Latos was a failure, and wood barely got to sniff the post season.
    Donnie: Seager plays short tonight right? I wonder if the 2nd inning started with a clean, quick throw out on cespedes, it would of blown up to 4 runs. Ah Im denial and what ifs. sad.

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  21. This will be the toughest assignment of Kershaw’s career, mainly because of the monkey on his back, the severity of the game for his team, and short rest after a long season and a lot of pitches (300 strikeouts will do that.). Not to mention Donnie’s ass.

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  22. Well, it was a rough night, as I know you can imagine but the only regret I had was not wearing Dodger clothing. I felt disrespectful toward the Dodgers. That will never happen again.
    I did wear my Brooklyn (lettered) cap and it was easy to see who I was rooting for, but I felt funny otherwise.
    Unfortunately, it was just discovered that the (free) tickets I now have is for Game 4 of the NLCS.
    Well not being there tonight may be good luck for the Dodgers.
    It looked like Harvey was going to have an off night but that was short lived.
    GO KERSHAW and LETS HOPE THE OFFENSE SUPPORTS HIM.

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  23. Just thinking – with so many concerns about Kershaw’s record in the post-season, a must win game, and a short rest start, this is probably just the time that Kershaw will stand up to the occasion. That’s what a true Ace does. I think the Dodgers have let us down in many respects – no TV, poor medical judgment (including a first round draft pick that immediately needs arm surgery), a lousy front office performance IMHO, a sickening feeling every time I get to look at or think about Mattingly, but we ought to be able to depend on our one true Dodger Ace, Kershaw. So, I will look for a win tonight.
    Go Dodgers!

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  24. I suppose if anybody can handle the pressure (and the results are good or bad), it is Kershaw. Hopefully he has the stamina to once again pitch in a highly stressful situation. Perhaps the offense can get him some run support early.

    I find the topic of how and why the Dodgers ended up with the pitching staff it did intriguing. We all applauded Ned for keeping Pederson, Seager and other so called top prospects rather than trade away the future. The current front office also must have had plenty of opportunities to make similar deals and resisted. During Spring Training we saw some of the young talent, at least among position players, and felt the future indeed showed promise. One problem with evaluating the front office is we do not have all the information to know what it would have taken to secure better pitching. We do know this front office wants to build from within to minimize high priced free agent signings so it will be interesting to see what happens during the off season.

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  25. I have the utmost confidence in Kershaw pitching on short rest tonight, at least until the 7th inning.
    Al of his post season woes have bitten him in the 7th. Food for thought.
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    GO DODGERS!!!

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  26. Wow! If Bear can have optimism, then I shall join the chorus. Line-up is posted and no surprise, with a lefty pitching, the OF is reshaped. regarding pitching, I suspect the FO at the deadline, did not want a rental and it also felt it did not need another ACE, although that logic fails with Grienke most likely opting out for next year, so Latos and wood were brought in. There is a guy named Urias, did not bring him up, but why, if so good, did they not take a look at him when Latos certainly showed his stuff.

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  27. Lineup for tonight.

    1. Kike CF
    2. Kendrick 2B
    3. Agon 1B
    4. Turner 3B
    5. Seager SS
    6. Puig RF
    7. Ellis C
    8. Ruggiano LF
    9. Kershaw P

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    • Don’t get me wrong folks. I like Kike, but he is NOT a center fielder. He just can’t cover the real estate.
      I’m happy to finally see Crawford out of the lineup. Grandal has been struggling & showed signs of being injured.
      I’m hoping Seager makes a huge impact tonight. . .

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    • You’re preaching to the choir crash. All we can do is hope for the best, and expect the worst. There’s only a couple of tons of pressure on Kershaw.

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        • It’s been that way his entire career. He hardly ever gets any decent run support. No matter how good he’s done, it’s not realistic to expect him to always go out & pitch a shutout or a one run game. Hell, look at Arrieta. He showed his mortality on his last start, but the Cubs offense had his back, and came through for him.

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  28. Could the offense just go out and crush Steven Matz already? He’s a fucking rookie with 35 innings pitched in the MLB for crying out loud.

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    • He is a lefty, and we all know how pitiful this club has struggled against them this year. Hopefully the kid folds up like a cheap suit from the pressure.

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  29. Puig. Batting sixth. After more than a month of “injured reserve” status, then two games at the end of the regular season.

    What does he have to do to surpass Utley and get his damn picture back on my avatar? He’s gonna have to bring the goods, man. He’s going to have to have an awesome playoff game. I don’t see it happening. He’s a bum. He’s done. He’s a piece of shit.

    [I hope this works]

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      • Yes, it was a K. Ellis barked about it quite a bit. I’m glad he turned himself off, we can’t afford to have him thrown out of a game. Grandal’s shoulder is not good – I wonder if the team will put him on the disabled list and bring in Austin Barnes for Thursday’s game?

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  30. Didn’t you just love that quiet Mets crowd after the third out in the bottom of the ninth.

    And is it my imagination the TBS announcers sounded a bit disappointed the Dodgers won this game?

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    • Well old douche bag Darling is an ex Met, so it’s in his DNA to be a Dodger hater. They all seemed disappointed Kershaw didn’t fold in the 7th like he has in the past. They had to munch on some Crow. . .

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    • Your imagination? The entire broadcast is what the Mets can do to hit the Dodger pitcher and what the Met pitcher can do to induce Dodger outs. TBS, please don’t put an ex-Met in a Met playoff series, OK? And whoever the play-by-play guy is, get rid of him, too. Ripken is the only voice of reason in the booth.

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      • Ron Darling also does all the Mets’ games as their broadcaster. Totally wrong for TBS to assign this crew to our series. They should have switched crews…however, my Husband thinks they did it on purpose to give us that topic to talk about.

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  31. Exciting game! Pins and needles the last three innings!
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    Got a kick out of the Cubs eliminating st louis. Should we go on to face those guys, I can only hope they have all those home runs out of their system. If we do advance, I suppose Kershaw could go again on short rest for the first game, but Greinke wouldn’t be ready for the second. Makes me wonder if Bolsinger will get any consideration, but I think Anderson would get game two. Of course we need a win on Thursday first.

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  32. Glad Puig played the whole game. He should be in there instead of Crawford, if for nothing else, defense. Get Puig hot, and beat the Mets Thursday, and the playoff picture can change dramatically.

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  33. Great game by Clayton Kershaw. Just awesome.

    Timely hitting by Kershaw, Kendrick, Gonzalez, and the big hit by Turner.

    Justin Turner has really come back into his hitting stroke just at the right time – the playoffs.

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  34. The guys did it in the clutch. I don’t really believe that Kersh had any demons facing him; he just was Kersh. The guy I really like in the clutch is Turner – not spectacular, but dependable, and he turned it on. I hope that the front office recognizes his value and gives him a contract to keep him as the starting third baseman. He’s an old-fashioned ballplayer in my mind, and our team is better for it.

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  35. crash, I kept hoping for more runs myself, and as nervous as I got from the 7th on, I guess you could say I was bothered. It turned out well this time.

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      • Zack Greinke has pitched into the 7th inning, twelve times in 2015. He has recorded a win in six of those contest, Zack also has five no decisions, (the bully covered him in two of those games).

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          • Greinke has went at least 6 innings in every game he has thrown in 2015. In games where he was pulled after the 6th, he has four wins, four no decisions (the bully covering him in only one of those) and recorded a lone loss.

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  36. About time these guys sacked up. Then again I’d expect our #1 to beat their #4, but it was still close. We’ll see how much home field really means, but they haven’t done anything against DeGrom all year and I don’t expect any better this time. The only hope is Greinke’s up to the task of firing zeros to match.

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  37. 2015 RBI stats for games in-which Greinke pitched. (#) are from NLDS

    Rollins-1-1-2-1
    Guerrero-4-1-4-2
    Puig-1-1-4-2-1-5
    Pederson-1-1-1-1-1-2-1-1
    AGon-2-3-1-2-2-1-1-2-3-1-1-1-2 (2)
    Kendrick-1-1-1-1-2 (1)
    Grandal-1-1-1-1-1
    Crawford-1-2
    Uribe-1
    Van Slyke-1-3-4-1
    Ethier-2-1-1-1-1 (1)
    Greinke-1-1-1
    Turner-4-1-1-1-2-1-1-1-1 (1)
    Kike-1
    (Keone Kela) 1 – walk-off/walk
    Callaspo-2
    Ellis-1-1
    Ruggiano-2-1
    Seager-2-1

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  38. HFA was something we all wondered about, hoped for and won. Now it’s time to see if it was all worth while. I think having the last AB is an advantage. Another thing that could help is the fans. I know Utley was a lot of incentive for the Met fans but I’m sure LA can find something to make noise about. I don’t really think the fans can irritate a visiting team, but you can sure try.
    I hope the fans make sure the Dodgers hear them and KNOW THAT THEY ARE THERE.
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!

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