Wild Card game consequences
Greinke did not earn his $200 million-plus contract in the wild card game, and his short outing may have costed the D-backs the division series.
The D-backs ace could not get out of the fourth inning, and Lovullo had to go to Robbie Ray to calm the situation down.
Ray delivered 2.1 innings, but he started on short rest in Game 2 and was not the same. Ray was supposed to start Game 1 on regular rest, but Walker did and could only go one inning.
Ray’s struggles on short rest has the D-backs down 0-2. Ironically, Greinke will get a chance to redeem his performance on Monday night at Chase Field. Greinke needs to pitch at least seven innings. Hopefully, he can save the D-backs season.
The ripple effect Greinke caused for the starters has also affected the bullpen. It should be interesting to see who is available Monday.
The D-backs also had to use Zack Godley in relief because of Walker and as a result, the option for a possible Game 4 is Patrick Corbin. Alex Wood is slated to start for Los Angeles.
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