Game 3: Robbie Ray vs Jason Vargas
Robbie Ray will get the last start of the regular season. With 15 wins under his belt and having a career season in so many aspects, Ray will have a short start.
He will face Royals’ Jason Vargas. Vargas is 18-10 as the ace with a 3.94 ERA.
The two lefties will face off, but it’s likely that Ray will only pitch five innings, no matter how many pitches he throws.
As the last day of the regular season, several starters will probably also rest for the Wild Card game.
So, Ray will probably take the mound without Paul Goldschmidt or J.D. Martinez on the field, at least. Lovullo could easily do what he did after the Diamondbacks clinched the Wild Card and rest pretty much everyone.
Not only does this give Lovullo another look at the depth coming off the bench, but it gives the postseason-eligible members of the roster a chance to prove themselves.
If Ray does pitch five innings and is eligible for the win, it will be his 16th, which is twice his current career high.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have 92 wins heading into Kansas City, but could end the season with 95. In 2016, the team had 93 losses.
Ninety-four wins will match the 2011 season record, while the team hasn’t won 95 games since 2001. The franchise record is 100 wins from 1999.
The Diamondbacks should easily take Friday’s game with Greinke on the mound, but for the name of honesty, they’ll either drop the game Walker pitches or Sunday’s game without all of their starters. For Robbie’s sake…and to end the regular season on a high note, I hope it’s not the latter.
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