New York Mets

With one hard and dirty slide by Chase Utley the New York Mets were suddenly outplayed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS.

By Robby Sabo

If the Los Angeles Dodgers wind up winning this NLDS, there will be one play that’ll easily be pointed to as the turning point.

That play occurred in the seventh-inning.

With runners on the corners and one out, Terry Collins turned to his bullpen after his starter, Noah Syndergaard, pitched beautiful one-run ball over 115 pitches. Bartolo Colon entered to face Howie Kendrick, and chaos ensued.

Kendrick hit a grounder up the middle which Daniel Murphy got to and flipped to Ruben Tejada at second. Tejada touched second, but couldn’t fire to first for the potential double-play because of one Chase Utley, a man who’s been a thorn in the side of the Mets for so long.

It was a hard, late and vicious slide that shook up both players. The tying run came across the plate and Utley was called out at second. Tejada fractured his fibula and Utley was smacked in the head by Tejada’s knee.

However, Don Mattingly challenged the play. After further review Utley was called safe because Tejada missed the bag.

This created all sorts of confusion and anger.

Was it a neighborhood play? The play that cannot be reviewed at second base. Did Utley get out of the base-path, or slide way too late? Was it dirty all together?

The worst part about it for Mets fans was the fact that Utley didn’t even touch the bag himself. Upon breaking Tejada’s leg and being called out, he sprinted to the Dodgers dugout. Nevertheless, he was ruled safe and MLB later confirmed that is allowed.

Furthermore, this wasn’t the first time Utley has tagged Tejada at second:

Also, it’s not the first time this season Utley has slid wide of the bag:

In any event, the Utley slide didn’t make Addison Reed get tattooed to the tune of two hits and three runs (2 ER for Noah Syndergaard) after that. The Mets fell behind 5-2 after seven, a lead they couldn’t even come close to climbing back from.

Speaking of Syndergaard, the kid was fabulous tonight. His only blemish (aside from leaving two runners on in the seventh) came in the fourth when Justin Turner drove one in.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke was on the hook for a loss after he allowed to solo shots to Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes.

With the series now tied at one game apiece, the Mets will turn to Matt Harvey on Monday night back in New York.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]