NEW YORK -- Chase Utley never emerged from the dugout, but he heard plenty from a sellout crowd of 44,276 fans at Citi Field Tuesday night. The crowd chanted, “Utley sucks!” and “We want Utley!” at various points.
But the Los Angeles Dodgers who took the real abuse were the pitchers, specifically Brett Anderson and Alex Wood, who gave up 10 runs in the first four innings of a 13-7 Mets rout that put the Dodgers on the brink of elimination in this National League Division Series.
It was a back-breaking game for the Dodgers in that New York scored nine of its first 10 runs with two outs and came roaring back from an early 3-0 deficit.
Thumbs up: Had the Dodgers managed to pitch even a little bit, they would have had a good chance to win the game. They had more success against Matt Harvey than they had against Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, managing seven hits and three runs off Harvey in five innings. Justin Turner has been the Dodgers’ best hitter by far this series. He singled to start their three-run rally in the second and added another hit in the third. Turner is 6-for-12 in the series.
Thumbs down: This was Anderson’s second-shortest outing of the season. He was a victim of some bad luck early, as he often is with his league-leading groundball rate of 66 percent. Two of the hits he allowed in the second inning never left the infield. Jimmy Rollins got nonchalant on a Yoenis Cespedes grounder and Cespedes beat it out. Then then the ball slipped out of Howie Kendrick's hand when he tried to throw out Wilmer Flores. But Anderson had no excuses for the deep three-run double he gave up to Curtis Granderson with two outs or the two-run home run Travis d'Arnaud hit off him. Before fans could complain that the Dodgers should have started Wood over Anderson, he was just as bad. Cespedes hit a massive two-run home run off him in the fourth inning, the knockout blow.
What’s next: There have been plenty of times this season when the Dodgers have had to turn to Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, so they might be in better shape than many fans think. The Dodgers announced before the game that Kershaw would go on short rest and pitch Game 4. He struck out 11 Mets in a Game 1 start, though he took the loss when deGrom out-pitched him. The Dodgers will be facing rookie lefty Steven Matz, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 24 due to a back injury.