National League playoffs begin tonight at Arizona


"I think if you're going to get into the playoffs, I feel like this is the way to get in".

Lovullo managed this game like his season was on the line because, well, it was. Picking winners and losers was from this one was not easy but in the end, we've done just that.

While the final scores won't show it, we got two great ones in 2017.

Arizona is 0-5 in their last 5 road playoff games and 25-11 in their last 36 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win.

Since the one-game wild-card play-in format began in 2012, the wild-card victor has faced a team from its division four times (twice in the American League, twice in the National League).

Arizona advances to face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

So far, Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke hasn't allowed any runs. You will need to log in with a cable provider.

"I'm not concerned about it at all", Arizona manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Monday, speaking of Goldschmidt.

Anything can happen in a single game playoff, but there is a clear favorite in this one.

"But I didn't feel like they were helping me, because the next day I felt bad", said Gonzalez, who boosted his average to.262 this season with a strong finish. "I don't think it's going to be a tight game for me". Walker has had a solid season after coming over from the Seattle Mariners in the Jean Segura trade. He had a 3.24 ERA in 16โ…“ innings against the Dodgers. He allowed just nine earned runs in 30 innings in August, but struggled in September with 18 earned runs in 35.3 innings.

D-Backs Reliever Archie Bradley-who the team only sent to the plate because they wanted him back on the mound in the 8th-had an enormous bases clearing triple with two outs in the 7th to make it 8-5. The ball had just a 52 percent chance of being caught - making this a three-star catch.

"Power's always unsafe", Black said, "because it's one swing and especially one swing with a couple of guys on can really change the game". Third baseman Arenado has driven in 130 runs in each of the past three seasons and will surely win his fifth straight Gold Glove.

Tonight's matchup features two of the better arms in the National League and if you picked either of them, it'd be easy to justify that choice.

In this coin-flip matchup, the Rockies are sending their young gun to the mound in Gray-a 25-year-old righty with a career ERA of 4.40 and fewer than 60 Major League Baseball starts under his belt. That makes the difference between the two a little less extreme. Arenado hit a modest.262 against Arizona this year, but also drove in 11 runs against the Snakes. If he out-duels Diamondbacks superstar Zack Greinke on Wednesday, all of baseball will have to take notice - no matter what they call him. Factor in those numbers Iannetta had against lefties and he should at least start against Kershaw, Hill and Wood. He still could start Game 2, and then a possible Game 5 on regular rest. Highlighted by a young offense led by slugger Aaron Judge, the front runner for AL Rookie of the Year and an MVP candidate, the Yankees finished 2017 with a 91-71 record and will host the Wild Card Game.