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Arizona Diamondbacks: Pitching has fallen flat in the NLDS against Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Brandon Drury #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by his teammate Ketel Marte #4 after his three run home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Brandon Drury #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by his teammate Ketel Marte #4 after his three run home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 07: Robbie Ray #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks looks on from the dugout during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 07: Robbie Ray #38 of the Arizona Diamondbacks looks on from the dugout during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Pitching Letdown

9 IP, 14 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 7 BB, 10 SO

That represents the combined line for D-backs’ starters this postseason.

Yes, Zack Greinke in the wild card game, Taijuan Walker in Game 1 and Robbie Ray in Game 2 have pitched a TOTAL of nine innings. 

It is obvious that pitching on short rest affected Robbie Ray on Saturday night. How else would you explain his uncharacteristic performance? Not only has he dominated the Dodgers in Los Angeles, but he has pitched like an ace all season.

Ray was consistently missing badly up in the strike zone with his fastball and spiked slider after slider after slider. The southpaw finished with 88 pitches in 4.1 innings, but it is not like the Dodgers hit him hard.

Ray only struck out six and walked four, threw three wild pitches, one of which led to a Dodgers run and he hit a batter.

The D-backs left-hander said he would be fine because he treated a 30-plus pitch effort in the wild card game like a bullpen session, but he was not the same on short rest.

The starters kept the D-backs in every game this season, but they own a 12.00 ERA when it matters most.

Lovullo also needs to stop relying on Jimmie Sherfy in big situations. I know he pitched well as a September call up, but the playoffs is a different story, and he is a rookie. After allowing three runs on Saturday, Sherfy has a 36.00 ERA in the postseason.

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