Coffee and Clippings: The most hated man in NY can turn Mets’ run into a classic

Yes, Utley, at age 36, far closer to the end of his career than the beginning, suddenly finds himself as the most hated man in New York.

The term generally doesn’t last long — it could end in the next few days — but boy, it can be a doozy.

Utley, who joined the Dodgers in August after spending his first 12-plus seasons in Philadelphia, put himself in the cross hairs with what MLB, in suspending him, called an “illegal slide” in Saturday’s NLDS Game 2.

Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) also of the New York Post, spotlights Matt Harvey hinting to serve up revenge prior to word breaking of Utley suspension…

Hours before the suspension was announced, Matt Harvey essentially put the Dodgers on notice with a veiled threat to retaliate for Utley’s “tackle” on Tejada in trying to break up a double play in the seventh inning with the tying run at third base.

“As far as sticking up for your teammates, I think being out there and doing what’s right is exactly what I’m going to do,” Harvey said.

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the Cardinals chances against Arrieta after a tough game 2 loss to the Cubs…

As the Cubs have won 18 of Arrieta’s past 20 starts, there have been different approaches against the righthander. For the one-game playoff, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle went with a defense-first lineup, figuring there were so few hits to come against Arrieta he ought to try to steal as many as possible from the Cubs. It didn’t work. Arrieta took a one-hitter through the sixth inning and finished the Cubs’ first postseason shutout since 1945. He did so on 113 pitches. And therein lies the opportunity Moss observed.

Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News covers the ALDS as the Blue Jays find their bats in Texas and force a game 4…

This is what Toronto’s powerful lineup does: It forces uncomfortable situations and crushes mistake pitches.

On Sunday, there were plenty of uncomfortable situations for the Rangers, a couple of mistake pitches and all kinds of consequences. Namely this: After a 5-1 Blue Jays win, the Rangers’ lead in the best-of-5 series seems a lot more tenuous. If the Rangers don’t clinch Monday, then the series goes back to Toronto for Game 5.