Los Angeles Dodgers can’t overcome the Mets and catcher Travis D’Arnaud

first_img“For me it was making sure that he was not getting out front and getting his good release point,” said D’Arnaud, of Lakewood High, the catcher who went through the Phillies and Blue Jays organizations before landing amid all this velocity.“He didn’t have his best stuff today, but he showed what kind of heart he has, fighting out there and helping us out and going through those five innings.”Harvey, in fact, told his mates, “They’re not getting any more.” And the Dodgers didn’t, not until Game 3 was out the door. D’Arnaud helped push them there in the third inning, when he ripped Anderson’s first pitch over the left-field fence to give New York a 6-3 lead, which became a 13-7 win.Anderson is the No. 3 starter for the Dodgers, which is like being the fifth Beatle or the fourth Little Bear. Alex Wood was the other alternative for that role, and he followed Anderson into the fiery furnace. Yoenis Cespedes stroked a monster shot into the second deck in the fourth inning, and the rest of the night was an unsuccessful vigil to see if Chase Utley would stick his head onto the field. He did not, even though Mattingly could have easily used him as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.• Photos: NLDS Game 3 – Dodgers vs. Mets “Where the (bleep) is Utley!” a lone fan yelled in the ninth inning, with many fans already on the 7 Train.The Dodgers did have a No. 3 starter in Hyun-jin Ryu, but he got hurt and there seemed to be no strong imperative to replace him. Ryu has worked three playoff games over the past two seasons and has a 2.81 ERA with a 1.063 WHIP. The only other starter, besides Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, was Ricky Nolasco in 2013.The Mets, meanwhile, have the aforementioned smokeballers, and they have rookie Stephen Matz to pitch Game 4 tonight — yes, let’s go Matz. They also had veteran Jon Niese and super-veteran Bartolo Colon as possible starters.It’s nice to have alternatives in life, and the Dodgers probably should be applauded for not emptying their farm system to bid for Cole Hamels or David Price or Johnny Cueto, except that none of those proven pitchers really cost that much at the trade deadline.In games that Kershaw and Greinke did not start in the regular season, the Dodgers were a 49-48 team. And 64 of their 92 regular-season victories were against teams with sub-.500 records. That’s why this team has been viewed as a paper tiger throughout the Guggenheim years. The paper turns yellower if Kershaw doesn’t flip up a dandy in Game 4.Meanwhile, D’Arnaud is thriving. He already has the distinction of being traded for two Cy Young winners. The Phillies dealt him to Toronto as part of the effort to get Roy Halladay after the 2009 season. Three years later, the Blue Jays shipped D’Arnaud and Syndergaard to New York as R.A. Dickey went north of the border.“All these guys throw hard,” D’Arnaud said. “They all have great pitchers, but what impresses me is the command they have, and also the demeanor they have out there. I’m very fortunate.”“Travis has come a long way,” manager Terry Collins said. “Our guys like throwing to him. He ranks in the top five in getting strikes called. And now he’s swinging much better.”D’Arnaud wound up slugging .485 this season with 13 home runs. If the Mets win today, his greatest job in the world will get a little better. Unlike some of those in the Dodgers dugout, he will also get to keep it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img NEW YORK >> Travis D’Arnaud does not want to be Kris Bryant’s agent. He does not want a piece of Draft Kings. He doesn’t even want to be Andrew Friedman’s computer programmer.“I’ve got the best job in baseball,” D’Arnaud said late Monday night (actually early Tuesday morning), as he and the Mets surged to a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.D’Arnaud catches Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom for a living, which means he works with more speed than the guys at Hendrick Motorsports. On Monday it was real work. Harvey, amped up for the Mets’ first home playoff game in nine years and the first ever at Citi Field, couldn’t command his high 90s stuff, and the Dodgers struck for three runs in the second inning.“We didn’t have that lead very long,” said a doleful Don Mattingly, the Dodgers manager, after he watched New York rake Brett Anderson for four runs in the bottom half.last_img

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