Matt Harvey lasted just five innings Monday but was good enough to pick up the victory in the Mets' 13-7 NLDS Game 3 win over the Dodgers.
Harvey set the Dodgers down in order in the first inning, but it was a grind for him after that. He gave up four straight singles to start the second to put the Mets in an early 3-0 hole and had to work to strand five runners over the next three frames. He did record seven strikeouts but also allowed seven hits and walked two, needing 97 pitches to complete the five frames. The Mets will attempt to finish off the Dodgers on Tuesday with Steven Matz on the hill.
Brett Anderson was lit up for six runs over just three innings of work in Monday's loss to the Mets.
Anderson retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the first inning and was then staked to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. He gave it right up by yielding four runs in the bottom of the second before serving up a two-run shot to Travis d'Arnaud in the third. It was an ugly outing from the left-hander and further enhances the notion that the Dodgers can only really trust two starters. One of those starters, Clayton Kershaw, will get the ball on short rest in Game 4 Tuesday as the Dodgers try to avoid elimination.
Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in Monday's win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS.
This one started out in the Dodgers' favor quickly, as they raced to a 3-0 lead after Yasmani Grandal cleared the bases on a two-RBI single plus a throwing error. However, the Mets then scored the next 10 runs as they cruised to a blowout victory. Cespedes' three-run shot in the fourth inning gave the Mets their 10th run and it was a long blast that reached the upper deck at Citi Field. Travis d'Arnaud also homered for the Mets and Curtis Granderson drove in five runs.
Howie Kendrick singled and smacked a three-run homer in Monday's loss to the Mets.
Kendrick's longball was a stats-padder if there ever was one, as he homered in the ninth inning to cut the Mets' lead to 13-7. It's been a nice series so far for the veteran second baseman, as he has picked up five hits over 13 at-bats while driving in four runs. Adrian Gonzalez also homered for the Dodgers in a losing effort.
Jake Arrieta wasn't at his best Monday but still picked up a victory, yielding four runs over 5 2/3 frames in an 8-6 win over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS.
Arrieta struck out nine on the day, but his command wasn't what we've become accustomed to during his ridiculous streak. He served up a couple doubles and a home run while walking two and hitting a batter. The Cubs' bullpen picked him up, though, at least until allowing a couple late runs in the ninth. Arrieta is in line to pitch Game 1 of the NLCS should the Cubs finish off the Cards.