Tonight marks the first post season game in the history of Citi Field.
The first for the Mets since Carlos Beltran left a bat on his shoulder for the final out of the 2006 NLCS.
1973 NLCS Mets star; Rusty Staub recovering from a recent heart attack threw out the ceremonial first pitch to get things going.
A full house came out to cheer on the Mets & show their support for Ruben Tejada. He got a huge ovation upon his pre game introduction as he came out walking with a cane. The Met fans also came out to scream their frustrations at the Dodgers & public enemy #1l Chased Utless.
Terry Collins sent Matt Harvey (13-8 / 2.71 ERA / 188 Ks) to the mound, in his first post season start. It all came down to this for Harvey, in his short but very news worthy career.
It started in 2013, as he exploded on the scene as the next Mets phenom pitcher who would hopefully turn the organization around. He then started the All Star Game at home in Citi Field. At the end of that August he had arm troubles & then needed the dreaded Tommy John surgery.
First he said no then two months later chose to go through with it. He then chose to rehab in New York to be near the team & missed all of 2014. Harvey then makes his triumphant return starting out 5-1. He then runs into some troubled starts & the Mets try to limit his innings, going with a six man rotation.
Harvey gets better the Mets are in a pennant race & his agent says he should be limited to 180 innings period. Harvey does nothing to extinguish the fire.
The fans let him have it, with deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz & Wheeler on the staff, Harvey is not the only show in town. He then speaks out & says he will pitch in the post season, takes the ball & earns the win in the Mets NL East clincher...........
The Dodgers Don Mattingly sent Brett Anderson (10-9 / 3.69 ERA / 116 Ks) to the mound.
Harvey was not himself tonight, a shaky 2nd inning saw L.A. score three runs on four straight hits. Yasmani Grandal who had not gotten a hit with runners in scoring position in what seemed like forever, came through clearing the bases. But these Mets answered right away.
Yoenis Cespedes singled on a grounder to Jimmy Rollins. Lucas Duda also singled. The Mets fans came back to life, making lots of noise. Travis d'Arnaud then singled home the Mets first run scoring Cespedes. Wilmer Flores then singled as well. Curtis Granderson, The Grandyman delivered with a bases clearing double off the right center field wall, putting New York ahead.
In the home 3rd, Cespedes singled again & Travis d'ARnaud followed with a long HR to left field putting the Mets up 6-3.
In the 4th Juan Lagares doubled to start things off. With two outs Don Mattingly chose to walk David Wright & pitch to Daniel Murphy. Murph came through again, driving in Lagares with a base hit.
Then Yoenis Cespedes launched a tremendous HR into the second deck in left field, an estimated 425 feet, putting the Mets up 10-3.
Citi Field went wild, as Cespedes came out for an old fashioned Mets curtain call. Cespedes had three hits, a HR & 3 RBIs.
With the big lead the Mets fans began to chant "We want Utley"!!!
Harvey pitched with heart, 5 innings, 3 runs, 7 hits, 7 Ks & 2 walks. He was relieved by Bartolo Colon who to the delight of the Citi Faithful, struck out the side in his first inning of work.
The Mets added to the rout tacking on three more runs in the 7th inning. Travis d'Arnaud stated off with his third hit of the night. Wilmer Flores & Juan Lagares both walked & Michael Conforto came through with a pinch hit sac fly.
After JP Howell through a high tight one to Curtis Granderson, he answered with another shot off the wall. This one to left field driving in two more runs, bringing his RBI total to five on the night. He tied Rusty Staub's franchise record for most RBI's in a post season game. It was now 13-4 Mets, setting a Mets record for most runs in a post season game.
In the 9th Eric Goddel couldn't put it away allowing a three run HR to Howie Kendrick, Jeurys Familia had to come on & close it out.
Mets took a two games to one lead with the 13-7 win. The twenty runs is an NLDS record.