If the Yankees win: Do they need to win the series to save Joe Girardi's job? "If you hit, the people will yell your name". Kershaw, who is 2-0 against the Diamondbacks this season, said he knows the team well and they know him well.
"He's an elite pitcher and we knew we were going to have to rise up to this challenge", Lovullo said. They'll have to contend with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who finished the regular season with a 104-58 (.642) record. So how is he going to control his emotions when making his first playoff start, and close to family and friends to boot? Arizona spent most of the season pursuing the Dodgers in the NL West standings, meeting 19 times and forging a mutual respect that outweighs any enmity.
It was the same type of controlled relentlessness, the preciousness of every plate appearance, that the Dodgers had shown when they set the summer on fire.
Carlos Correa hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give the Astros a 2-0 lead in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Red Sox.
That and he doesn't blow up in the seventh inning of regular season games, but he is also fresher then.
Puig was out of the starting lineup the next day, after Roberts said, "Plays like that, when you're trying to win a championship, can't happen". He matched his career high with 218 strikeouts, walked 71 and was selected for the National League all-star team.
Pollock made his postseason debut with two extra-base hits in the wild-card game, and he added a homer in the third inning for Arizona's first hit off Kershaw.
As the Dodgers have shown all season, their versatility plays.
Jansen promised they were, as he chose to interpret the silence as a positive sign, an indication the other players shared his determined mindset.
"I'd imagine if you look at most clubhouses they have a kind of clown ... no, that's not the right word, but a guy who keeps it light".
"Kyle is a great story". Cody Bellinger, in his first postseason game, recorded a hit and scored a run. "I thought he was spectacular for us".
The 6th and 7th innings were enough to make the Dodgers a little nervous as the usually unflappable Clayton Kershaw allowed another solo home run to J.D. Martinez in the 6th, followed by back to back home runs from Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis in the 7th so that Arizona trailed the Dodgers 7-4.
I think Ray's ability to induce swings and misses will decide the game.
Still, Hill needed 27 pitches to get through the inning, and 61 pitches to get through three. "This series is not over". The question became harder to answer as the season went on. We're a smart, tough baseball team.
"That's when I started saying I wanted to get out there", Taylor said. Corey Seager took one for a called third strike. Check out the details here.
Dodger reliever Kenley Jansen grabbed a line drive by David Peralta for the final out. What he quickly learned is that his baseball bat does not taste good. We can't take anything for granted now. "Obviously a frustrating way to end it, but thankfully we had a big lead". After Kersh allows a bases-clearing double to Matt Carpenter, Mattingly then goes to the bullpen, and the bullpen allows the inherited runner to score. Kershaw snagged the win, after giving up four homeruns in a game. Puig said after the game he twisted his ankle as he was about to slide, but then never got treatment from the training staff after the game. There was someone in blue holding up a handmade "Make Some Noise" sign.