Dodgers’ Chase Utley Eligible For Game 4 Vs. Mets Tonight: MLB Will Hear His Appeal Oct. 19
In a big way, all of this Chase Utley controversy is completely pointless. Yes, he slid out of the baseline. Yes, it was a bit reckless. But Ruben Tejada's broken leg was not the result of a blatant cheap shot, as Mets fans contend. Utley was playing hard, got a little carried away, and things turned out unfortunately.
The MLB suspended him for two games, and Utley is appealing. The league will hear that appeal on Oct. 19. Never has an appointment been so utterly moot.
So, Utley is eligible to play in Game 4 tonight (8:07 p.m., ET, TBS) in New York. NY leads the best-of-five series 2-1. But will Utley play? He sat out Game 3 in NY, with manager Don Mattingly saying that it had nothing to do with safety concerns. It was, he said, purely a baseball decision. Uh huh (rolls eyes).
Utley's former teammate Roy Halladay chimes in:
— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) October 13, 2015
Yes, if only Joe Torre could get to know every player, fines and suspensions would be markedly reduced across the board. Torre should sit down with each player, have a beer and learn of their work with charity, and their love of puppies. Hey, we both have an interest in Civil War battles! OK Chase, all is forgiven.
So much nonsense connected to this. Not nonsense: the game tonight is in Flushing, and those fans don't care if you love puppies. Mets fans hate Utley with the power of all the Kryptonian suns, and right now that is the engine that drives them. It's like Groundhog Day: if Utley pokes his head out of the dugout and sees his shadow, there's going to be two additional weeks of offseason for the Dodgers. There will be a riot, and not the kind, gentle riot that you might find in Kansas City, or Canada.
The Mets have a chance to reach the the NLCS for the first time since 2006, and LA's Clayton Kershaw -- on two days' rest -- will oppose them. He's done his best to polish a 1-6 record in the postseason, but it's still looking pretty dull. Kershaw's effort will, most certainly, decide Mattingly's employment status. If the Mets win, Mattingly is most certainly gone (opinions are my own and do not reflect those of SportsGrid, the Dodgers, the internet, or much of North America).
It should be a spectacle, of the Roman variety. Dodgers vs. Mets, directed by Ridley Scott. I only hope no animals are harmed.
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