For the second consecutive night, the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied late, but starting pitching and mistakes are the reason the Dodgers are up 2-0 heading back to Phoenix for Game 3
One word describes perfectly the current situation facing the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Many people, myself included, thought the D-backs would at least leave Los Angeles with a split of the first two games of the best-of-five National League Division Series. But the D-backs’ inexperience has been on display, and the Dodgers have taken advantage.
Robbie Ray was not the same pitcher we have seen all season long and another late-game comeback by the D-backs offense was not enough against the Dodgers’ bullpen.
The odds are not exactly in the D-backs favor. Only seven teams have come back from down 0-2 to win a five-game division series. Everybody knows what the D-backs have to do. They have to win three games in a row, including a possible game five at Dodger Stadium.
Since the best-of-five format has been in place for the division series, teams up 2-0 have a 36-4 record and are 22-2 after winning the first two at home.
But, it is not all doom and gloom for Diamondbacks nation.
First, the D-backs are undefeated in postseason elimination games played at Chase Field. If the D-backs win Game 3 on Monday, another elimination game in the desert awaits.
In the postseason, winning on the road is difficult. Only the Dodgers (57) won more games at home during the regular season than the D-backs (52), and Chase was rocking during the wild card game.
The Dodgers did finish the season with the second-best road record (47-34), but Los Angeles finished three games under .500 in nine games (3-6) at Chase Field.
Here are three takeaways from Game 2.