Line-ups and preview
|ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS||LOS ANGELES DODGERS|
|David Peralta - LF||Chris Taylor - CF|
|A.J. Pollock - CF||Corey Seager - SS|
|Paul Goldschmidt - 1B||Justin Turner - 3B|
|J.D. Martinez - RF||Cody Bellinger - 1B|
|Brandon Drury - 2B||Yasiel Puig - RF|
|Adam Rosales - 3B||Curtis Granderson - LF|
|Ketel Marte - SS||Yasmani Grandal - C|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Logan Forsythe - 2B|
|Taijuan Walker - RHP||Clayton Kershaw - LHP|
No Jake Lamb in the line-up: that’s not too much of a shock. Adam Rosales gets to start at third in Lamb’s place, but it would not surprise me if we do see Lamb against the lesser left-handers in the Dodgers’ rotation. The main surprise is seeing Jeff Mathis in there behind the plate, rather than Chris Iannetta. Because Iannetta is literally the only man on the Diamondbacks’ NLDS roster to have got a hit off Clayton Kershaw this season.
Kershaw’s two starts this year have covered 15.1 innings of one-run ball, with six hits, three walks and nineteen strikeouts. The April 14 game saw two hits by Chris Owings and one by Nick Ahmed - both now injured - and one off the bench by Iannetta. The July 4 game saw Kershaw take a no-hitter into the seventh, where Iannetta and Owings singled [this was the game in which Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer off Kenley Jansen in the ninth] Iannetta also has two of those three walks, having reached base all four times he has faced Kershaw. Everyone else on the NLDS roster? 0-for-36 with one walk and 14 K’s. Oh, well: in Torey we trust...
The Dodgers have done better against Taijuan Walker - though let’s face it, they could hardly do much worse! Over the three times he has faced them this year, current Los Angeles players have batted a collective .246 - but that does include 3-for-7 from Joc ‘Sir Not Appearing On This Roster’ Pederson. Walker has done a good job of keeping the ball in the park, allowing only one home-run, to Corey Seager. Odds are, he’ll need to be at his best tonight. Our best bet might be to keep the game close, try and get Kershaw out ASAP, then take advantage of a Dodgers’ bullpen before Jansen, which we have done well against.
But then, Kershaw has been far from dominant in the post-season to this point. In 18 appearances (14 starts), he has only four wins and a 4.55 ERA. Especially in a playoff week where it seems that almost every staff ace has struggled - Greinke, Sale, Kluber, Severino, Gray - this result is by no means a foregone conclusion.
How to watch and listen
- Start time: 7:30 pm
- TV: TBS (if the Cubs/Nationals game runs longer than three hours, the start of the game will be on TNT. So do not panic!). With the game being nationally broadcast, you won’t get the usual Bob ‘n’ Bert show. However, Fox Sports Arizona will be having a post-game show, beginning immediately at the conclusion o the contest, so you probably will want to switch over for that.
- Radio: ESPN Radio (620 AM in Phoenix)
98.7 FM Arizona Sports
No watch party we’re aware of for this one, but an early heads-up for tomorrow: the SnakePit and Brute Squad will be gathering for Game 2 at OHSO’s in Paradise Valley (10810 N. Tatum Blvd. #126 Phoenix, AZ 85028). Details on that Saturday morning.
Odds from bovada.lv
- Arizona Diamondbacks +220 (11/5)
- Los Angeles Dodgers -280 (4/15)
Exact Series Results
- Arizona wins 3-0 15/2
- Arizona wins 3-1 11/2
- Arizona wins 3-2 11/1
- Los Angeles wins 3-0 7/4
- Los Angeles wins 3-1 3/1
- Los Angeles wins 3-2 13/5
Number of Games in the Series
- 3 2/1
- 4 3/2
- 5 7/4