Game 1: Robbie Ray (13-5, 2.81 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (9-13, 4.47 ERA)
What more can you say about Robbie Ray.
Any normal pitcher coming off the disabled list would understandably struggle — but the D-backs left hander is far from normal and so entertaining.
In his last four starts, the southpaw is 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA (4 ER/25.1 IP) and opposing batters are hitting .148 against him. In his last three starts, Ray has struck out 10, 14 and 12 batters. Since August 24, he is first among all major league pitchers with a 19.7 percent swinging-strike rate and needs just four more strikeouts to join Zack Greinke (200) as the only two D-backs starters with 200 Ks this season.
Getting opposing batters to swing and miss is a great measure of dominance, and Ray has been mowing them down. He has turned into a legitimate CY Young Award candidate
Ray is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against the Giants this season.
In the three outings before his last start, Jeff Samardzija had an ERA of 0.82. But he gave up six runs to the Chicago White Sox and four of them came via the long ball.
The tall right-hander has made three starts against Arizona this season and is 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA and has given up three long balls. Samardzija owns a 4.02 ERA at home this season and a 4.85 ERA away from AT&T Park.