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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 unanswered questions before the wild card game

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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 22: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates a 13-11 win against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field on September 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 22: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates a 13-11 win against the Miami Marlins at Chase Field on September 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

What about the rest of the bullpen?

The middle relievers have been hit and miss this season for the Diamondbacks.

At this point, I would not trust any of them to get big outs in key situations.

I could see Jimmy Sherfy playing a role if the Diamondbacks have a large lead late, and a large lead against the Rockies means a margin of seven-plus runs in the seventh inning.

But Sherfy has also been banged up. He did throw a simulated game to live hitters earlier this week.

Jorge De La Rosa can match up against righties or lefties, but his specialty is stranding inherited runners. Andrew Chafin can get a ground ball or two, but he struggled in the second half.

I would only use David Hernandez against the bottom the order, guys that are not a home run threat.

As far as Fernando Rodney in the ninth, I am not very confident tin his ability to hold a lead late. If the D-backs have a four or five run lead going into the final inning, than fine. But if it is a close game and Bradley is available, I trust him to get six outs more than Rodney to get three.

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