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Arizona Diamondbacks: Much anticipated NLDS against Dodgers begins

By Joseph Jacquez
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Jake Lamb #22 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single during the first inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during the second inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during the second inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Zack Greinke against his former team

Greinke did not exactly earn his $200 million-plus contract the Diamondbacks gave him before the 2016 season in the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks ace started the game and looked ready to cruise after the first three innings. But he could not get out of the fourth. Greinke’s stuff started to flatten and he left too many pitches in the middle of the plate.

Greinke has to redeem himself. Look, I understand Greinke had a great season and earned the team’s confidence after a disastrous 2016, but big time pitchers earn their money in big time games.

Greinke went 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA against the Dodgers this season. The way Lovullo lined up his rotation should work perfectly, at least on paper. Since coming to Arizona as a free agent, Greinke has struggled in Los Angeles but turned in a good outing at Chase Field earlier this season.

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