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Chase Utley continues to produce for Dodgers

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The Dodgers try to rebound on Saturday against the Mets, and hope for more of the same from Chase Utley in the middle game of the weekend series.

The offense for Los Angeles has been maddeningly frustrating for most of this season, but Utley has been one of the shining bright spots. At 37, Utley looks hke the six-time All-Star he was in Philadelphia.

Health is a big factor in Utley's resurgence, one year after an ankle injury helped sap most of his production in 2015. A career .285/.370/.488 hitter with a .370 wOBA (126 wRC+) through 2014, Utley hit just .212/.286/.343 last year with the Dodgers and Phillies, with a .274 wOBA and 71 wRC+.

In 2016, Utley is hitting .292/.385/.416 with a .355 wOBA and 125 wRC+, leading the team and 14th in the league in on-base percentage.

On Friday, while getting booed all night as the center of Mets fans' angst, Utley reached base three times and drove in four runs, including a three-run double in the ninth inning to tie the game, earning praise from manager Dave Roberts, from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:

"With the expectations of this series, some of the things being said or written, he's kept an even keel," said Roberts. "To conduct those at-bats, every one professional. To have their closer [Jeurys] Familia throwing 97, 98 [mph], the bases loaded with two outs, the crowd on its feet, and to get a pitch to hit into the gap, it takes a special person to do that."

Utley has been durable, too, playing 43 of 49 games, including 36 starts at second base. After averaging 116 games from 2010-2015, he is on pace for 142 games this season, which would be his second-most game played in the last seven seasons.

In his career against the Mets, Utley has hit .282/.377/.522 with 45 doubles and 36 home runs in 184 games. This season he is hitting .313/.368/.625 in five games.

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Game info

Time: 4:15 p.m. PT

TV: Fox, with Joe Buck, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal on the call