NEW YORK – The Mets are hoping to close out the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field Tuesday night, one day after riding a barrage of runs to victory.
Without Kershaw or Greinke on the mound, the Dodgers looked vulnerable as a raucous Mets crowd delighted in the offensive explosion Monday night.
Even sweeter, a packed house at Citi Field got the chance to tell Dodgers' Chase Utley exactly how they felt about him. The league had suspended Utley for two games after he slid hard and late into Ruben Tejada to break up a double play, breaking the shortstop's leg in the process. After appealing the suspension, however, Utley was available to play, and Mets fans were furious.
In Game 4, the Mets will pin their hopes of closing out the 5-game National League Division Series on rookie left-hander Steven Matz. Kershaw, who will be throwing on just three days rest, lost to the Mets in game one of the series.
If the Mets win Tuesday night they will go on to face the winner of the Cubs-Cardinals series, which the Cubs are currently leading 2-1.
If the Dodgers tie the series, the Mets would return to Los Angeles for a tough Game 5 against Zack Greinke, who gave up just two runs in Saturday's game.