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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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PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks walks off the field after being removed from the game during the fourth 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: Starting pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks walks off the field after being removed from the game during the fourth 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)

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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