Zack Greinke faces off against Yu Darvish in Game 3 while down 2-0. Can Greinke beat his former club or will they knock him out of the playoffs?
The Los Angeles Dodgers head to Arizona feeling confident after an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks to take over the NLDS two games to none. While Robbie Ray recorded the loss, Kenta Maeda picked up the win for the Dodgers. Maeda went one inning striking out two before the Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth where they took the lead and never gave it up.
Rich Hill went four innings giving up three hits, walking three, striking out four but gave up two earned runs. Sadly, one of those three hits he gave up was a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt. Brandon Drury had a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning with two on making the score 7-5. The three-run homer wasn’t enough to bring them back into the game as the Dodgers scored again in the bottom of the inning making it 8-5 before Kenley Jansen came in and did what he does best recording the save striking out two in one inning.
Robbie Ray performed poorly last night, giving up four runs in four innings while striking out six. He walked four which was his downfall. While the Dodgers went through seven pitchers, the Diamondbacks went through four. Jimmie Sherfy came in after Ray and gave up three runs while never recording an out. After that, only one other run was scored, which came on a Ketel Marte fielding error.
As they travel to Arizona with a day off in between, the recently acquired Yu Darvish goes up against Zack Greinke. Darvish was 10-12 on the season with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts. On the road, Darvish is 6-4 with a 2.44 ERA. This will be his first start in two weeks giving him plenty of rest and preparation for tomorrow night’s game.
Greinke was 17-7 this season with a 3.20 ERA while striking out 215. In the NL Wild Card game against the Rockies, Greinke only lasted 3.2 innings giving up four runs on six hits and a walk. He will also be facing his former team while in his new home. With 11 of 19 regular season games won when facing the Dodgers the Diamondbacks are fighting with their backs against their own walls at Chase Field.
My prediction is that Zack Greinke performs exceptionally well shutting down the Dodgers dangerous offense. While the Dodgers were the best team in baseball with 104 wins, they had 11 loses against the Diamondbacks. If any team is going to take them down now, it’s the D-Backs. We will see Paul Goldschmidt go yard again while Greinke keeps the Dodgers to one run over six innings.