UPDATE (Oct. 11, 1:10 p.m. PT): When asked about retaliation for Chase Utley’s slide, New York Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday it’s a matter players police themselves, via Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal:
Terry Collins won't answer a question about possible retaliation, but he noted that players "take care of stuff."
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) October 11, 2015
Additionally, Collins added he’s hopeful umpires will not issue warnings prior to Game 3, in part so his club can pitch inside, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin:
Terry Collins "would personally hope" there will be no warnings to benches before Game 3 starts. Wants to be able to pitch inside.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) October 11, 2015
Facing another of the New York Mets’ young, hard-throwing right-hander’s, the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared on the verge of falling behind 2-0 in their best-of-five National League Division Series matchup.
Rookie Noah Syndergaard sat in the high 90s, if not triple digits, early on, and was spotted a 2-0 lead behind solo home runs Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Confort in the second inning. The Dodgers scored a run in the fourth, then exploded for four more in the seventh, though not without controversy.
After looping a pinch-hit single into right field that left runners on the corners with none out, Chase Utley broke up a potential double play with a hard slide into second base. Unfortunately, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s right fibula was fractured in the process.
“It broke my shortstop’s leg. That’s all I know,” said a terse Terry Collins. The Mets manager didn’t want to comment much further, refusing to call the slide clean or dirty. “It’s over. It’s done,” he said.
Adding insult to injury for New York, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly successfully challenged the out call at second base, after first checking with the umpires if it was a neighborhood play. Since it wasn’t, Utley was placed on second base as replay showed Tejada’s foot never touched the bag.
Collins said the manner in which the umpires handled the situation was “great.” However, the 66-year-old manager went on to say his club was upset over the series of events. “I believe it will help,” Collins answered when asked if he expected the slide to serve as an emotional boost for his club.
“You’ve got to take the emotion and keep your focus. You can’t lose control.” Games 3 and 4 will be the first postseason action Citi Field has seen since serving as the Mets’ home at the start of the 2009 season. Collins said prior to Game 2 he was expecting a raucous environment.