Also, to be fair, the Dodgers' struggles with left-handed pitching peaked a year ago, when they had an astounding.149 OPS deficit (.623 versus.772) when comparing their production against left-handers versus right-handers. Out of all of the potential pitchers that Lovullo listed as potential game one starters, Walker has done the best. "When you win, you get to celebrate, and that's awesome". Max Scherzer, Jake Arrieta and Rick Porcello are still to come in a postseason overflowing with aces.
The quick lead and the solid run prevention to protect it was reminiscent of the Dodgers team that went 56-11 over one stretch of the season.
In the first inning, the Dodgers wasted no time, a leadoff single by Chris Taylor and a walk to Corey Seager brought Turner up and he blasted a three-run home run into the left field seats.
Game 1 of their NLDS matchup begins at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TBS. What he quickly learned is that his baseball bat does not taste good.
However, this is the Playoffs so the Dodgers will know they have to step up and take down any team that is put before them. Both teams agree Arizona heads into this best-of-five series with more momentum than the 104-win Dodgers, who finished with the best record in baseball even after meandering through a late 1-16 skid. The lefty gave up four home runs - all solo shots - but lasted 6.1 innings while striking out four and walking three.
Yasiel Puig had an eventful Friday night. Three of those first pitch swings landed the ball over the fence. His second was 95. He hop-skipped off the mound and strode into the dugout.
Pitching in Game 3 at home should work out well for Greinke and the Diamondbacks. On one hand, the Dodgers will do anything to win. Rich Hill gets the ball, and he was 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 166 strikeouts this season. "Hopefully when you give up hits, maybe one or two would stay in the ballpark".
So while it's an easy thing to say if they started Zack Godley or Patrick Corbin instead of Taijuan Walker they would have won, the fact is the odds are long that any of those three starters would beat Kershaw. "Obviously, it was frustrating the way it ended but thankfully I had a big lead". "I think we had a good game plan, we hit four home runs off him". They were the last hitters Kershaw faced.