NEW YORK -- Nine long years of waiting at an end, they began streaming down from the 7 train platform hours before gametime, wearing jerseys and caps and holding brightly lettered signs, chanting and shouting and ready to explode. Mets fans had waited nearly a decade for a home playoff game, not to mention seven seasons for one at Citi Field.
They found it to be well worth the wait. Curtis Granderson drove home five runs on a pair of doubles, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered and the Mets, despite an imperfect outing from Matt Harvey, waltzed to a 13-7 victory over the Dodgers Monday night in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. They now lead the best-of-five series, 2-1, with a chance to close it out Tuesday at Citi Field (8 p.m. ET, TBS).
NEW YORK -- Scowling declarations are nothing new for Matt Harvey, so Mets manager Terry Collins was not particularly surprised to see Harvey walk into the dugout following a three-run second inning in National League Division Series Game 3 and vow, as Collins recalled it, that "that's all they're getting."
Left fielder gets three hits, scores three runs in win
By Mark Bowman
NEW YORK -- Given how quickly he endeared himself to Mets fans over the regular season's final two months, it probably should not have been surprising to see Yoenis Cespedes take advantage of the opportunity to delight this same group yet again in the first postseason game ever played at Citi Field.
Cespedes highlighted the first three-hit postseason game of his career with a three-run, fourth inning home run that helped the Mets gain all the comfort they needed to secure a 13-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night.
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson spent most of this season at the top of the Mets lineup as one of those unique leadoff hitters who possessed both plate discipline and power potential. While playing in the first postseason game at Citi Field on Monday night, the veteran outfielder proved once again that he is more than just a table setter.
Granderson highlighted a four-run second inning with a bases-clearing double and collected a personal postseason-high five RBIs while helping the Mets roll toward a 13-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. New York needs one more win in this best-of-five series to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2006.
Mets legend recovers to throw first pitch of Game 3
By Marty Noble
NEW YORK -- Without an obvious nod to John Rocker, the villain from one ballpark and 16 summers ago, folks who call themselves The 7 Line come to Citi Field dressed in orange these days. They filled the area beyond the GEICO sign in right center-field for Monday night's 13-7 Mets win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series -- as they have many other nights. And some 100 more isolated fans dressed as if they had escaped from a Syracuse pep rally.
On this baseball evening, orange was, as the cops say, the color of the day. The top of the outfield wall followed the color scheme. Why, even the foul poles were orange.
NEW YORK -- Things got a little wild the last time Bartolo Colon took the mound. The veteran righty threw five pitches in Saturday's Dodgers win in Game 2, the last of which went squirting up the middle and evolved into the most controversial play of this postseason.
Monday represented a return to normalcy, if on an unfamiliar stage. Colon pitched two innings in the first postseason game in Citi Field history, allowing one run in two innings of relief in New York's 13-7 win in National League Division Series Game 3.
NEW YORK -- The boos rained down upon Chase Utley, just as the forecasts had figured. And there were moments Monday night when Citi Field faithful's demands for a pound of flesh -- voiced in those rhythmic "We want Utley!" chants -- were about as loud and nearly as long as the public discourse over Utley's takeout tactics.
The cheers, though. That's what will really be remembered from Game 3 of this National League Division Series. In the first-ever postseason game at Shea Stadium's replacement, they were more potent and more plentiful than the jeers. They were the sounds emanating out of an evening in which the Mets, in a 13-7 win over the Dodgers, got their retaliation in the best and least-barbaric means possible -- by brandishing their bats and showing the world just how deep and dynamic their once-worrisome lineup has become.
NEW YORK -- Steven Matz might have been too young to fully appreciate what transpired when New York's two Major League teams met in the 2000 World Series. But the Long Island native certainly has some fond memories of the 2006 postseason, when his beloved Mets fell one win shy of returning to the Fall Classic.
"I don't really remember what I was thinking back then, but I do remember watching it and thought it was pretty awesome," Matz said. "My dream was always to play in the Major Leagues, so it's safe to say that I was definitely thinking about being in that spot."
NEW YORK -- Considering how many of their players have already been nominated for Esurance MLB Awards, the Mets are a good bet to take home plenty of hardware this winter. Jeurys Familia and Matt Harvey joined the list of nominated players in the latest round of categories released Monday, giving the Mets hopefuls in six of the seven award categories that are already public.
Familia, who could set the Mets' single-season saves record, is up for Best Breakout Player, while Harvey is a contender for Best Bounceback Player, joining fellow Esurance MLB Awards nominees Yoenis Cespedes, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard on the candidate list.
NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud energized Citi Field with a two-run, third inning home run off Brett Anderson to help lead the Mets to their 13-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night at Citi Field.
d'Arnaud's first career postseason homer -- a two-out, line-drive shot over the left-field wall -- came on Anderson's first-pitch changeup. The Mets catcher had also produced one of the four consecutive singles his team compiled during a four-run second inning.
After Curtis Granderson's bases-clearing double put the Mets ahead to stay in their 13-7 win over the Dodgers on Monday in Game 3 of the National League Division Series -- the first postseason game at Citi Field, and the first in Queens in nine years -- the TBS broadcast cut to a fan holding an orange and blue sign in the stands reading: "No one beats us in our house."
If the Mets, who now hold a 2-1 edge in the series, win again at home in Game 4 at 8 p.m. ET on TBS on Tuesday, they'll close out the Dodgers and move on to the NL Championship Series. After an electric atmosphere at Citi Field on Monday -- the sellout crowd of 44,276 was the largest for a Mets game in the stadium's history -- Tuesday night should reach a similar volume, with the franchise's first postseason series win since 2006 one victory away.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Addison Reed stars in nominee for 'Most Casual Catch of a Comebacker Ever'
By Dakota Gardner |
When a batter slaps a ball back toward the pitcher, it really is no laughing matter. Other than the catcher and umpire, the pitcher is the closest person to the batter in the field of play. Their reaction time has to be faster than nearly all of the other fielders -- they only have about 60 feet between them and that small white orb.
In Monday's NLDS Game 3 between the Mets and the Dodgers, right-hander Addison Reed found himself in such a predicament after jamming Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford in on the hands.
Dodgers open with 3 in 2nd, Mets counter with 4 and more
By Barry M. Bloom
NEW YORK -- The Dodgers had Mets right-hander Matt Harvey on the ropes in the second inning of Monday night's 13-7 loss to the Mets in Game 3 of their National League Division Series. And then they didn't.
Mets' legend Staub throws first pitch at Citi Field
By Joe Trezza
NEW YORK -- Mets fans flooded Citi Field for the first postseason game in its history, and the franchise's first since 2006 -- Monday's 13-7 Mets win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. They came with purpose, many with signs saying "Win For Ruben," alluding to injured Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
Tejada received a thunderous applause when he limped from the dugout, his name announced over the loudspeaker. Minutes earlier, fans mercilessly booed Dodgers infielder Chase Utley, who is appealing a two-game suspension for a late slide that broke Tejada's fibula during Saturday's Game 2.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Oct. 12 Terry Collins postgame interview
THE MODERATOR: First question for Terry.
Q. Terry, we've seen so much of what Cespedes can do. In a lot of ways the play that energizes you is him beating out a play to shortstop. Can you talk about seeing that and what that meant for you guys?
TERRY COLLINS: He talked about the other day that when we were getting ready to -- when we were in Los Angeles for Game 1, I walked by just to say something to him, and he said, "It's time to play." And he shows you what he can do. This guy's electrifying on the field. He can do anything he wants, and that kind of hustle shows that he's determined to, again, to get us on, let us ride his back, and he's a dangerous player.
Q. Terry, you talked before the game about how you wanted your players to handle things tonight. I wonder what you thought about how the fans handled things and what that might have added for the atmosphere for the team?
Oct. 12 Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud postgame interview
THE MODERATOR: We'll get started with Matt and Travis. Congratulations, you guys. First question for Matt and Travis.
Q. Terry said he talked to you guys before the game about making sure that the focus was on the game and not retaliation. When you heard what the fans were doing, how they were reacting, do you think they essentially retaliated for you guys and were you able to feed off them?
MATT HARVEY: Yeah, I mean I think -- I think the boos at the introductions were kind of a big statement leading into the game and we knew the biggest thing going in was coming on top and scoring as many runs as we did, and you know, that kind of did all the talking. So for us it was stay focused, go out and let our play do all the talking, and you know, all that stuff will be resolved later.
Q. Travis, before the game Terry said that you had worked with Kevin Long a little bit in the cage maybe trying to iron some things out. What specifically were you trying to fix with your swing today?
THE MODERATOR: Curtis, congratulations on a big night. First question for Curtis.
Q. Curtis, after your hit, you went motioned to the dugout and went like this, what was that about?
CURTIS GRANDERSON: Kirk Nieuwenhuis and I have just been joking around about spoken word and poetry slams, if you ever attend them, the way you clap, you clap like this. So it's just been something that we've been doing, joking around about the quiet, calm way to cheer for somebody. And unfortunately, he was actually inside, in the cage, so I didn't get a chance to find him when I was making the gesture to him. But that's all it was. It was just the "spoken word clap" as we call it.
Q. On the other end of the spectrum of quiet applause, what do you think it's going to be like here tomorrow night?
NEW YORK -- Like so many others, Matt Reynolds gasped when he saw Chase Utley broke Ruben Tejada's leg with a takeout slide Saturday in National League Division Series Game 2. Watching with several of his teammates in a hotel lobby in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Reynolds did not realize the implications of that injury until Logan Verrett looked over to him.
"Dude," Verrett said to Reynolds. "You may be going to New York."
In a pivotal Game 4 at Citi Field on Tuesday, the Dodgers will have Clayton Kershaw pitch on short rest against Mets rookie Steven Matz at 8 p.m. ET on TBS.
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers Against the opponent This series:1 GS, 0-1, 4.05 ERA 2015:2 GS, 1-0, 0.56 ERA Career (regular season):9 GS, 6-0, 1.34 ERA Loves to face:Lucas Duda .167 (2-for-12), 8 K's; David Wright .188 (3-for-16), 4 K's. Hates to face:Daniel Murphy .308 (4-for-13), HR.
NEW YORK -- A faulty connection with the replay phone in the Dodgers' dugout forced the Dodgers and Mets to wait approximately five minutes before starting Game 3 of the National League Division Series, which the Mets won, 13-7, on Monday night at Citi Field.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly approached home-plate umpire Greg Gibson just before Mets starter Matt Harvey was set to throw the game's first pitch. Gibson gathered the other five umpires near the plate and spoke briefly with Mattingly and Mets manager Terry Collins.
New York -- In many ways, Matt Harvey's start Monday in Game 3 of the National League Division Series feels like a culmination. This is what Mets manager Terry Collins promised he was saving Harvey for when he pulled the righty after seven innings on May 13, after six innings on Aug. 28 and after five on Sept. 20. Harvey was working on shutouts each time. Each game, the Mets lost.
This is what Harvey promised he was saving himself for. This is also the promise he relented, then promised again, with caveats, of course.
NEW YORK -- Chase Utley will not start tonight's Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Mets and Dodgers at Citi Field (8:30 ET, TBS; will start on TNT if Cardinals-Cubs NLDS Game is ongoing and will return to TBS after completion of Cards-Cubs game), but Jimmy Rollins will, replacing struggling rookie Corey Seager at shortstop for Los Angeles.
Utley, who is appealing a two-game suspension imposed for what MLB has termed an illegal slide, is eligible to play and will be on the Dodgers' bench. He is 6-for-18 against Mets scheduled Game 3 starter Matt Harvey.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Without decision, Dodgers second baseman will be eligible to continue playing
By Paul Hagen
Shortly before the Mets' 13-7 win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citi Field on Monday night, there was still no official word on when an appeal of Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley's two-game suspension will be heard. The New York Post reported that an announcement would be made Monday, but that could not be confirmed.
Major League Baseball requested an expedited hearing in hopes of having the issue resolved before Monday's Game 3 at Citi Field in New York. However, Utley's representatives and the Major League Baseball Players' Association asked for time to prepare their case.
NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey alluded vaguely to his intentions on the eve of National League Division Series Game 3 at Citi Field, saying: "Doing what's right is exactly what I'm going to do." What that means with regards to retribution for Chase Utley's injurious slide into Ruben Tejada in Game 2 remains to be seen, particularly after Major League Baseball suspended Utley for Games 3 and 4. Before that happened, the Mets delivered some public pleas to MLB, in hopes that the umpiring crew will not warn both benches prior to the game.
"I've got to let Major League Baseball make the decisions, but I would personally hope that there wouldn't be such an issue, only because the impact it would have on the entire game itself," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It would change the way the game's supposed to be played. And I'm not saying we're trying to protect anybody, but in the game of baseball, we do ask our pitchers to pitch inside once in a while. The last thing we need is an umpire to take the games into his hands where he thinks it was a purpose [pitch]."