Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Selected as NLDS Game 4 starter

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Connie Andrews | 08 October, 2017, 01:07

You've got your ace (Kershaw) on the mound and the ability to have Chase on the bench to use him at any point in time to impact the game, I think holds huge value.

On the bump Saturday night will be Robbie Ray, last seen throwing what he said was basically a bullpen session in the middle of the D-backs' wild card win Wednesday night over Colorado. The only two starters who did not get a hit were Catcher Yasmani Grandal and Leftfielder Curtis Granderson, each were hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts. Walker has a 2.92 ERA in 86 1/3 road innings this season.

If the Dodgers could have chosen one team to avoid in the postseason it probably would have been the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Interestingly enough, Arizona won two of those three short starts. In a year when teams collectively scored more runs than in any year since 2008, the Dodgers gave up the fewest runs as a franchise since 2003.

Now they have Ray going in Game 2 on more-or-less regular rest. Last time he faced them was September 4, when he took a flawless game into the sixth inning and ended with the following line: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K. But if Ray (15-5, 2.89 in 28 starts this year) is feeling as good as he said he is, it's bad news for the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was wholly unsurprised to witness Puig's tongue-wagging moment, noting that his right fielder is nicknamed "Wild Horse".

Kershaw (1-0) gave up just five hits in 6 1/3 innings, but four of the hits were solo home runs.

"It was a win-or-go-home game", Roberts said.

Walker threw 48 pitches in the inning - 38 before he recorded his first out.

Game 1 of their NLDS matchup begins at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TBS. Martinez in the sixth, then back-to-back homers in the seventh by Adam Rosales and Ketel Marte. Luckily, those two going 0-4 didn't hinder the Dodgers too much because Justin Turner, Corey Seager, and Yasiel Puig carried the team on their backs and collected all nine runs batted in. During that stretch, he boasts a 3.48 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, which are obviously very un-Kershaw like numbers but are still solid for normal humans.

In the eighth, Seager tripled in pinch-hitter Austin Barnes who led off with a single.

Turner now shares the Dodgers record for RBIs in a postseason game with Pedro Guerrero, who had five in the 1981 World Series, and Davey Lopes, who did it in the 1978 World Series.

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