Monday night’s affair did not go as planned as the Dodgers dropped the first game of the series to the Snakes 6-3. Jake Lamb’s grand slam home run in the seventh inning was the death blow. Apparently Dave Roberts was “experimenting” using Tony Watson in the seventh inning as a postseason tryout. It did not go well.
The good thing is the Dodgers are so far ahead they can afford to do stupid stuff like that. In retrospect maybe Roberts shouldn’t have intentionally walked A.J. Pollack to pitch to Lamb. Then again Roberts insists he liked the match-up. Either way my opinion remains that if Kenta Maeda had pitched more than five innings then maybe Roberts doesn’t have to empty the bullpen and use five middle relievers. That’s one of the benefits of having a starter go more than five innings in a start. Just saying.
Anyways tonight’s pitching match-up will be quite a doozy as Alex Wood battles former Dodger turncoat Zack Greinke. Wood has been battling arm fatigue, but says he’s fine. Just a casualty of a long season of course. Wood is 13-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 19 starts. He’s struck out 112 and walked 29 and has allowed just 6.6 hits per nine.
Wood has faced Arizona twice this season and is 1-0 with a no-decision. He struck out 10 Snakes back on July 5 while tossing seven scoreless frames in the Dodger’s 1-0 win. Wood is 4-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 career games against Arizona. Unfortunately like Maeda he has not fared well at Chase Field, posting a 6.32 ERA in 3 career starts there.
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As for Greinke, he’s having a good season. Overall he’s 13-4 with a 3.10 ERA and 157 strikeouts across 142.1 frames. He’s allowed 19 home runs this season, and struck out 9.9 batters per nine innings this season. His 151 ERA+ is certainly nothing to scoff at.
He lost to the Dodgers in his only start against the boys in blue this season back on April 14. In that game he allowed five earned runs on ten hits across five innings pitched. The Dodgers won that game by a 7-1 score. Greinke is 3-3 with a 4.34 ERA in 8 career starts against the Dodgers. JT is 6 for 14 (.429) against Greinke with 2 doubles, a triple, and a home run.
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Chase Utley will take over at second base for tonight against Greinke. The silver fox will bat seventh. Here’s the Dodger lineup for game 2.
Tonight’s Dodger lineup at D-backs:
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