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Snake Bytes 10/7: LDS Weekend

It’s going to be an exciting weekend for baseball fans.

Diamondbacks Playoff News

Merrill Kelly Eager for Game 1
Described by his skipper as a “model of consistency” Arizona fans are hoping this is both true and not true. Arizona needs Kelly to be to dogged workhorse he has been for the last few seasons, bot the very good starter unable to overcome the Dodgers.

Kelly Has Confidence He Will Break Streak
No one is more aware of Merrill Kelly’s long-standing struggles against the Dodgers than Merrill Kelly. He’s not letting history ruin this moment for him. Nor is he letting it change how he prepares himself to lead his team into the NLDS.

Diamondbacks Expect to Have Gabriel Moreno for Game 1
After taking a scary hit to the head by a backswing in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series, Gabriel Moreno has cleared concussion protocol and is expected to be in the starting lineup for Arizona when they face off against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Diamondbacks vs Dodgers Position-by-Position Breakdown
Raise your hand if you, at the beginning of the season, you expected the Diamondbacks to have the nod over the Dodgers in terms of postseason starting pitching. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Corbin Carroll Nominated for Hank Aaron Award
If there was any argument to be had that Corbin Carroll is not the runaway leader for the NL Rookie of the Year, this should silence those arguments. He’s not going to win this year, it’s going to one of the leading MVP candidates. But none of the other seven nominees are rookies.

Around Baseball

Each LDS Team’s “Secret Weapon”
I’ll be the first to admit, I would not have picked Andrew Saalfrank to be a weapon for the Diamondbacks.

Top 10 Aces Left In the Postseason
Of pitchers in the Arizona-Los Angeles series, only Zac Gallen made the cut.

Scherzer Faces Live Hitters with Hope of Returning to Playoff Roster
The Legend of Max Scherzer might not be over yet.

Verlander Tabbed to Kick Off Another Title Run
He’s no longer the team’s standout ace, but Houston isn’t messing with a successful formula. Justin Verlander will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins. Good luck Minnesota.

The Standout Contributors from Each Eliminated Team
You can file this under “The Best of the Rest”.