Diamondbacks earn meeting with Dodgers after outlasting Rockies

Diamondbacks earn meeting with Dodgers after outlasting Rockies

Diamondbacks earn meeting with Dodgers after outlasting Rockies

Arizona and Colorado split 10 games at Chase Field this season.

It can be. They know what you have.

It's a battle in the Wild West as the Colorado Rockies travel to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks in the 2017 National League Wild Card game on October 4.

The victor of tonight's game advances to play the top-seeded Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

Here are my top five somewhat bold predictions for the events of the N.L. Wild Card game. The division victor has won three of those four NLDS matchups so far.

"I think the innings and experience gained, you can't purchase, you have to live them", Colorado pitching coach Steve Foster told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. "There's familiarity on both sides", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of facing a division foe in the postseason - which would have been true with either outcome Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox will send ace and AL Cy Young candidate Chris Sale out on Thursday to face Justin Verlander, who went 5-0 with just four earned runs in 34 innings in five starts with Houston. So I know we don't use the same game plan every time, but it can be a challenge when guys get your timing down and the small things you change here and there. The former can be a flat-out fluke that puts the visiting team (as the Rockies are in this case) at a distinct disadvantage. Having played each other so often this year, there should be no surprises, but in a one-game playoff with a Game 7 feel, anything could happen.

Well, I give a lot of credit to him, especially early in the year when things would get tough out there.

He also gives a lot of credit to Bud Black on growing as a pitcher this season. "It comes down to execution". In the end, the better team won and it sets up what should be a fascinating series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers, one that has upset special written all over.

DIAMONDBACKS Just like the Rockies, Arizona (93-69) also flipped its record after going 69-93 past year.

The reason Iannetta should start - Wednesday's 11-run outburst notwithstanding - is Arizona will need his offense.

"Now it's a new season". The head-to-head doesn't matter. That's fewer games than other Major League Baseball series, but still a longer and more meaningful way of doing things.

Four-time All-Star pitcher Zack Greinke talks to the media about his thoughts on tonight's upcoming NL Wild-Card Game. Arizona is 52-29 at home (only the Dodgers were better at home this season), and the Rockies were 41-40 on the road.

Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Decaslso added a two-run shot in the third as Arizona took a 6-0 lead before the Rockies rallied, knocking out Zack Greinke with a four-run fourth inning. "I could see him turn a corner and pull a hamstring". Gray's first pitch to Paul Goldschmidt was a hanging breaking ball nearly daring the All-Star to get a hit.

"He's been tough on us and we haven't been able to crack that". That's right, they'd get the Dodgers, who they kind of owned this year.

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) celebrates after the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Phoenix.

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