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Arizona Diamondbacks: Predicting the Wild Card Game roster

By Joseph Jacquez
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Archie Bradley #25 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at AT&T Park on September 15, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Archie Bradley #25 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at AT&T Park on September 15, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 11: Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on September 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 11: Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on September 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The Starting Pitcher

At first glance, this could be a tough decision for manager Torey Lovullo, pitching coach Mike Butcher and company.

It is basically choosing between two aces. But as good as Robbie Ray has been, I think four important factors point towards starting Zack Greinke in this game.

Postseason experience: Greinke has made nine career postseason starts and owns a 3.55 ERA. Ray has never pitched in a playoff game.

Chase Field: Assuming the game is at home, arguably no starter in the majors has pitched better at home this season then Zack Greinke. Greinke is 13-1 with a 2.33 ERA compared to Ray’s 6-4 mark with a 4.37 ERA.

Dodger Dominance: If the Diamondbacks get past the wild card game and the Dodgers hang onto the best record in the National League, Arizona would begin the division series at Dodger Stadium. Ray arguably has been the best road starter in baseball. He is 8-1 with a 1.33 ERA away from Chase Field and is 1-0 with a 0.92 ERA in three starts at Dodger Stadium this season.

Facing Colorado: The D-backs most likely opponent for the wild card game still is the Rockies. Greinke is 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts against Colorado this season. Ray is 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in two starts.

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