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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 unanswered questions before the wild card game

By Joseph Jacquez
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks speaks to the media before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks speaks to the media before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 24: Manager Torey Lovullo and Archie Bradley
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 24: Manager Torey Lovullo and Archie Bradley /

How will Torey Lovullo utilize Archie Bradley?

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona used Andrew Miller to get out of numerous jams last postseason.

It did not matter what inning it was or what the score was. As long as he felt his team still had a chance to win the game, Miller got the call in dicey situations.

When will the bullpen phone ring for Archie Bradley? Hopefully, Greinke can get 21 outs and Bradley can enter the game in the eighth and preserve a lead.

But as the game wore on, Greinke struggled this season. In innings one through three, opposing batters hit .217 against him. In innings four through six, opponents still only hit .232, but 12 of 25 home runs Greinke surrendered this season came in the middle innings.

In innings seven through nine, opposing batters hit .270 and his ERA spiked to 5.24.

If one or two guys get on base in the middle innings, and Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado await, Lovullo needs to have Archie ready.

A one-game playoff can be decided in the middle innings, and Lovullo can ill afford to let his trust in Greinke cloud his judgement.

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