Posted by keithosaunders on October 12, 2015
LIsten, the Mets did not lose Saturday night’s NLDS game against the Dodgers because of Chase Utley’s chippy slide. They lost it because they couldn’t score more than two runs against Zack Greinke. As much as I hate to admit it Utley did nothing wrong. He went into second base hard, as he was trained to do; as ballplayers have doing for over a century. I’m more upset that the umps did not rule him out since he came nowhere near to touching second base. Once again replay fails us. What’s the point of having it if not to decide plays like these?
And memo to Terry Collins: Throw the sabermetrics away. You had no business taking Bartolo Colon out of the game after a botched double play. This may be a stretch, but big Bartolo has pitched a few years — I think he can get a lefty out. Leave your broken down chess pieces in the bullpen until you get into real trouble.
That being said, this series is the Mets to lose. They got what they wanted out of their trip to Los Angeles — they stole a game from Clayton Kershaw. Now it’s time for Matt Harvey to back up his cocky demeanor. Harvey against Brett Anderson is a mismatch. If the Mets bats are quiet we need to see Harvey go deep into this game and silence an anemic, underachieving Dodgers lineup. That means pitch count be damned. Is Harvey a ballplayer or a corporate interest? A gamer or a faceless drone? A hero or a bum?