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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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KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 01: Robbie Ray #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 01: Robbie Ray #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)

How will the other three starters be used?

Taijuan Walker is not on the wild card game roster.

That means Robbie Ray, Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley are available out of the bullpen.

If Greinke struggles early, I would go to Patrick Corbin. He is used to pitching against right-handed heavy lineups and has pitched in long-relief before. Corbin would be a better option than Godley to face Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez, and trying to play match ups early against a lineup like Colorado’s is not logical.

Ray should be saved for Game 1 of the NLDS, but if Corbin struggles, Ray should enter the game with the D-backs season on the line. Lovullo has to manage this game differently.

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