NEW YORK --
FIRST PITCH: The New York Mets are within one game of advancing to the National League Championship Series.
Matz will oppose Clayton Kershaw, who will be pitching on short rest. Kershaw allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings in Friday's opener and is winless in his last five postseason starts. Kershaw also came back on short rest in Game 4 of the NLDS a year ago in St. Louis. He allowed three runs in six innings in a 3-2 loss as Los Angeles was eliminated.
How Matz will fare is hard to predict because of his recent inactivity while dealing with back spasms. Manager Terry Collins hopes Bartolo Colon is available to back up Matz for a couple of innings. Matz tossed an 88-pitch simulated game on Thursday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, to tune up for Tuesday's start.
“l felt really good and strong finishing up in the intrasquad game down in Florida,” Matz said. “So I'm happy with how that went.”
TUESDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:
Curtis Granderson drove in five runs, matching the franchise postseason record, and Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes homered and drove in three runs apiece as the Mets beat the Dodgers, 13-7, on Monday. The Dodgers had taken a 3-0 lead against Matt Harvey, but the Dark Knight battled through five innings to earn the win. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
Chase Utley was jeered throughout Monday's game, but never saw action. Utley was eligible to play because the appeal of his two-game suspension has not yet been heard. In fact, it may not be heard until after the division series. ESPN's Buster Olney reported that Utley declined a one-game plea deal. The Mets did not seek retaliation against any other players during Monday's game, instead preferring to have winning be the retribution. Ruben Tejada, using a Mets-colored cane, was cheered during pregame introductions. After Game 2, Utley sent a message to Tejada through a text message to captain David Wright. Wright would not answer if he thought Utley's message was sincere. Read more in the Post, Times and Record.
Tejada will not need surgery to repair his fractured fibula.
A Mets fan is in critical condition after getting punched and falling outside Dodger Stadium on Friday, KABC reports.
Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post notes how valuable Granderson has been to the Mets.
Dodgers PR shielded Utley from the media postgame, Mark Feinsand writes in the Daily News.
Columnist Tara Sullivan in the Record recaps the electric evening.
With Kershaw and then Greinke potentially looming if the series gets to a fifth game, the Mets have not advanced just yet, columnist John Harper writes in the Daily News.
Cespedes used his legs to beat out an infield single leading off the second and sparked that big inning, columnist Mike Vaccaro writes in the Post.
The Mets let their bats do the talking, columnist David Lennon writes in Newsday.
The Mets are tied for the most homegrown players among all the postseason teams, Jared Diamond writes in the Journal.
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) applauded Utley's suspension while attending Monday's game, Anthony Rieber writes in Newsday.
From the bloggers … Although not sharp, Mets Report suggests Harvey gave the Amazin's what they most needed.
BIRTHDAYS: Taylor Buchholz turns 34. ... Julio Valera is 47.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Chase Utley wouldn't talk to the media? Needed to be shielded from reporters? Utley U Buttley bro. pic.twitter.com/iXf3vwiwqT— KFC (@KFCBarstool) October 13, 2015