The Arizona Diamondbacks needed Robbie Ray to stay alive in the Wild Game, but using him removed his dominance from Game 1 of the NLDS.
If there was one person that the Arizona Diamondbacks did not want to have to use in last night’s game it was Robbie Ray.
Ray was the expected starter for game one against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. This will not be the case seeing as Ray pitched two and one-third innings in Wednesday’s win over the Rockies.
What does this mean for the Diamondbacks?
Ray may not end up pitching until game 4 in the NLDS. This would be a massive loss for the Diamondbacks seeing as Ray is almost unstoppable against the Dodgers.
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In five starts against the Dodgers, Robbie Ray is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.31 in those games.
Also during this season, Ray has held the entirety of the Dodgers batting order to a .210 batting average. Ray has also managed to strike out Dodgers players a total of 76 times in his 31.2 innings against the squad.
What these stats say is that Ray is a dominant pitcher against the Dodgers who can take their bats out of their hands.
As of this writing, we do not know who will be the starter for Friday’s game but most believe that it will be Patrick Corbin.
Corbinis nowhere near the overwhelming style of pitcher is for the Diamondbacks. Corbin had two starts against the Dodgers and both games were losing efforts. He allows a batting average of .290 to Dodgers players.
Having to throw Ray out there last night may have really hurt the Diamondbacks chances in the NLDS with him unable to go on Friday. But with him making a start on four days rest he may just be able to keep the Diamondbacks hopes alive.
The Diamondbacks and their fans now just hope that the rest of the rotation can have Robbie Ray style numbers so the team can make it to the NLCS.
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