Eventually, Mets manager Terry Collins must go to regular-season relievers Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed after using closer Jeurys Familia the last two games for more than one inning.
That could come tonight as Collins said he might not have Familia available in Game 2.
“I don’t know, maybe Jeurys [Sunday] will need a night off and we can close with Clip and set up with Addison,’’ Collins said. “We’ve got options down there. …I’m hoping Noah goes deep in the game. That’s the perfect scenario. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t, but when it does, I think you’ve got to go to it.’’
The Mets used Noah Syndergaard in middle relief in Game 5 and Bartolo prior to that in the NLCS. Clearly, Collins felt more confortable to using starters in middle relief.
“I’m not trying to [deliberately not use my middle relievers],’’ Collins said. “It’s just we’ve got pretty good starting pitching, and if they can get deep into the game [and] you’ve got what I think is one of the best closers in baseball [then] I like our chances.’’
Something to watch for tonight.
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly cited “baseball reasons,” for not starting Chase Utley in Game 3 tonight against Matt Harvey. However, Jimmy Rollins will start at shortstop. Mattingly said Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke starting Games 4 and 5.
It is surprising Utley isn’t starting considering he has a career .333 (6-for-18) against Harvey.
Multiple media outlets are reporting Major League Baseball will not conduct an appeals hearing today, thereby enabling Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley to play in tonight’s NLDS Game 3 against the Mets.
Utley was suspended for Games 3 and 4 following his take-out slide that left Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada with a broken right leg,
In a statement, Utley said: “The players’ association and my agent are handling the appeals process. I have nothing more to say other than to reiterate that I feel terrible about Ruben’s injury. Now my teammates and I are focused on Game 3 and doing everything we can to win this series.”
Here’s tonight’s Mets’ lineup against the Dodgers in Game 3.
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – LF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Wilmer Flores – SS
Juan Lagares – CF
Matt Harvey – RHP