Yesterday it was Arizona Diamondbacks killer Yovanni Gallardo. You could see it coming. After the way the Milwaukee Brewers pitcher pitched against the Dbacks this season, I didn’t expect much offense from the Dbacks yesterday. I didn’t write the game off as a loss, because Ian Kennedy was on the mound. Today, however, throw out the 11-0 record Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke had at Miller Park this season. It’s a new season.
Same can be said for the Dbacks starter Daniel Hudson. He has had first inning trouble all season, including a start at Miller Park on the Fourth of July, a start where he fell behind 6-0 and only went four innings, a game the Dbacks came back to win 8-6. It’s a new season, so throw out first inning troubles.
I’m not saying these two won’t continue doing what they did over the regular season, however you have to go into the game thinking that the unexpected can happen. The postseason is a different beast.
The keys for Dbacks victory today will be:
- Don’t run yourself out of innings
- Pick up the runners in scoring position
- Don’t create a snowball effect, basically don;’t let one mistake turn into several mistakes and create an opportunity for the Brewers to run away