NLDS Game 3 Prediction: Can Diamondbacks stay alive vs. Dodgers? 10/9/17

Dodgers lineup overcome starting pitching stumbles for 2-0 NLDS lead over Diamondbacks
Ex-Dodger Greinke stands in way of LA sweep of Arizona
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11 October, 2017

The same Corey Seager who has a.305 career batting average and has made the All-Star Game in both of his full seasons.

First #postseason homer for @Cody_Bellinger? In the National League Championship Series, the Dodgers will face either the Chicago Cubs or the Washington Nationals.

In New York, a day after Masahiro Tanaka won an elimination game, the New York Yankees remained alive in the American League playoffs by beating the Cleveland Indians for the second straight day, 7-3.

It was about reverting to the style of play that helped them win 52 out of 61 games at one point this summer.

The 22-year-old Bellinger became the youngest Dodger ever to hit a postseason home run. "Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get on and give J.D. a chance".

In came Kenley Jansen, looking to end the series, the Dodgers closer started the inning off by striking out Grégor Blanco.

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The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers departed the lush coastlines of Southern California for the Sonoran desert, it was late August, with temperatures here up in the low teens - as in 113 and 114 degrees Fahrenheit - and the Dodgers melted like ice cream. He struck out four and walked five.

The Red Sox hosted the Astros to Fenway Park and avoided elimination with their 10-3 win, bringing the series to 2-1 in favor of the Astros. The Dodgers will host the victor of the Cubs vs Nationals series in which the Cubs now lead 2-1 after a win on Monday. He needed just 30 pitches to get through three innings, including a seven-pitch third that give his opposite number, who grounded out in that stretch, nearly no time to sit down.

Darvish's fastball averaged about 94 miles per hour this season, the highest of his career, but whether because of the dialed-up October adrenaline or the 14-day layoff he had had between starts, Darvish's heater had some extra giddy-up to it Monday night, sitting at 96 and touching 98. "You look at the small sample of three starts or whatever, but I think progressively it's continued to get better".

The club continued to work the count and forced Greinke to throw nine 3-ball counts into the 5th inning. Los Angeles also kept Kyle Farmer as a third catcher behind Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes.

After the Descalso homer cut the score to 2-1, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was ready to pinch-hit for his ace in the fifth, but Bellinger's play on Mathis left the pitcher in the leadoff position to start the sixth. He struggled with his command, walking a season-high five and throwing 103 pitches through five innings. On Monday, his bold philosophies were on full display, beginning with a seemingly controversial lifting of Darvish after he hit pinch-hitter Christian Walker in the helmet to lead off the sixth.

That ended Greinke's night at 104 pitches, of which just five were swings and misses. We love it when Zack pitches.


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