The Dodgers are moving on to the NLCS after completing a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday in Phoenix. Arizona has won six of the last 10 meetings, but the Dodgers have won the most important two with their wins in this series.
After a 20-pitch fifth, by far his most laborious inning of the night, Darvish's pitch count was at 68 when Roberts let him bat with one out and a man on third in the top of the sixth, but after almost hitting Walker once (a review confirmed the call that it was a foul ball), he did hit him on the very next pitch, which produced a scary moment.
Our Matchup Heat Map has the Diamondbacks with a 4.49 implied total, which ranks 3rd-best on the Monday slate. "We have that focus again, every single player, on every single pitch". With the bases loaded in the top of the third inning, Greinke would get out of the jam not allowing a run.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were feeling salty after being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but things were taken to a whole new level after the final out was record during Kenley Jansen's save appearance in the 9th. "They have some really good righties that hit lefties well so you just go to focus down in the zone, just try to make your pitches, minimize mistakes", he said.
Instead, the Dodgers will advance to their third National League Championship Series in the last five years, sweeping their divisional rivals out of the postseason. Neither can match the Dodgers' depth in both lineup and pitching staff. Seager walked and Turner singled with one out, and Yasiel Puig walked with two outs, but Greinke got Barnes to ground to end the inning.
The Dodgers tinkered with Darvish's mechanics after the trade, and he was masterful through most of the night, mixing a 98 miles per hour fastball with his deep repertoire of offspeed pitches.
"The stuff has been there at times, but the command he showed [Monday night] was second to none", Kershaw said. "It was a fun time, I wish we could've won". It's not a matter of what [pitches] he should throw, and when. "Just get back to our strengths, attack these hitters and let the defense play behind us".
During tonight's game, I see Zack going 6.2 innings with 2 runs and 5 hits against him before giving the ball to the bullpen. The club was able to drive-in Taylor in after a Cody Bellinger RBI groundout to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. "This team feels a little different [than recent Dodger teams]. But we're going up against Greinke, who is their guy, and we're going to do our homework, and go out there and prepare for the game the way we've been playing". 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. "You just look for a pitch to hit". It just happened those losses came in one cluster. We know how good we are, and we know we fell short.