The night started so well as Noah Syndergaard was throwing gas to start the game, and struck out nine as he looked to out pitch Zach Greinke. Then Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto slugged home runs over the right field wall in the second inning, and things looked to be repeating from the night before. But it wasn’t enough. Syndergaard also walked four, one given up to Enrique Hernandez who ended up scoring on the now-infamous double play that wasn’t. Howie Kendrick hit it up the middle, and Chase Utley slid hard going into second base, upending Ruben Tejada who received a so-so toss from Daniel Murphy. Not only was Utley’s slide extremely late, but it was pretty obvious that while Tejada did not touch the bag, neither did Utley.
Was it dirty? I can’t say that for certain. Utley is a hard-nosed type of player and it is the postseason after all, so I’m sure he was simply doing his best to break up the play. I’m also pretty positive it was not his intention to hurt Tejada. However, intention or not Tejada is now done for the rest of the year with a fracture fibula, and I don’t think the Mets are too fond of Utley or the call. That play changed the momentum of the game, but the Mets still have the mojo heading back home and having Matt Harvey face off against Brett Anderson.
I’m pretty pissed, and I think the Mets are too. And that’s a good thing. Because now they have something extra to play for. Get well soon Tejada!