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Revenge of Ruben: Mets Avenge Tejada by Lumbering to 2-1 Lead

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Michael Cuddyer chose to take the high road when he said, “the greatest retaliation is winning,” unlike Chase Utley’s low slide.

So now we’re at a place where the New York Mets lead 2-1, and they took the lead by battering the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a crowd looking for blood.

Utley has always been an enemy of Mets fans – his long career in Philadelphia provides the enemy resume – and Mets fans avenged Ruben Tejada’s leg the only we they could: venomous booing.

Once the game commenced, the Mets used the lumber of their bats to assault the Dodgers in nearly every conceivable way. The Dodgers started the scoring, opening up a 3-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a Yasmani Grandal single and Curtis Granderson throwing error.

That’s the high-water mark of the Dodgers evening.

The Mets answered in the bottom of the 2nd by scoring four runs and never looked back. The 3rd and 4th innings featured homeruns by Travis d’Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes, and though the Dodgers would mount a comeback, the 13-7 final score is a tribute to the brutality the Mets lineup wrought upon Dodgers’ starter Brett Anderson.

The story of the game could be the Mets mashing of baseballs, or it could be Utley’s resounding booing, perhaps even Anderson’s karmic comeuppance from twitter-beefing with Mets fans over the Utley slide.

The bottom line is the Mets overcome a struggling start by Matt Harvey to deliver a thunderous rebuke to the visiting team’s endeavors to win the series through somewhat dubious means.

In a much simpler context, the Mets victory means they have to win one more game to advance to their first ALCS since 2006.

The guy starting for the Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw.

The most intriguing ALDS matchup just got a little juicier!

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