PHOENIX, Ariz- Coming into game three of the NLDS, the Dodgers hold a 2-0 advantage in the best of a five-game series. Tonight features Yu Darvish for Los Angeles with Zack Greinke for Arizona at Chase Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:08 pm MST.
Darvish is making his first postseason start for the Dodgers, while this will be the second for Greinke as he started the wildcard game pitching 3 2/3 innings, and did not factor in the decision.
As for pitching at Chase Field, Greinke who is making his 11th postseason start, was 13-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 18 regular-season starts in 2017.
Arizona’s manager Torey Lovullo on Greinke’s approach to the game tonight. “I’ve said it several times this year. Zack’s as good at attacking the game plan and executing it properly as any pitcher that I’ve ever been around. He’s got a lot of weapons.”
Facing elimination tonight, Lovullo was asked about the consensus in the clubhouse that there was no other pitcher you’d want in the position of (Zack) Greinke taking the ball for this game Monday night. ” Well, it’s extremely high. He’s been the main guy all year long. He won 17 games in a very rugged NL West. He’s been our pace setter. He’s been the guy we’ve leaned on all season long to stop situations like this and go out and throw a good game and get us back on the winning side of things. So my confidence level is for a couple of reasons: Because of what he’s earned and what he’s done and what he’s shown the rest of that clubhouse, what he’s shown the rest of the league. Then the second part of it is that he goes out and executes a great game plan. He’s fearless. He’s on the attack. He understands strengths and limitations.”
Relative to the notion as “a stopper,” Greinke is 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA (21 ER in 72.1 IP), 86 strikeouts and 14 walks in 11 starts following a Diamondbacks loss, including an 8-game winning streak April 24-Aug. 14 (1.71 ERA) this season, and is 15-4 in two seasons.
With him performing like this, Lovullo is right on with his assessment of his starter and ace of the staff. “I feel like because he’s our guy all year long and because I know what I know about him, I couldn’t think of a better guy to go out there and execute.” Added Lovullo.
As for pitching in a game down 0-2 Greinke was asked if his your approach any different. “I don’t know if I’m approaching it any different. Just got to pitch as good as I can, and hopefully, the results end up being good from that, but that’s all I can do. If I do what I can and it works out, thats great. But if it doesn’t, then, you know, you did everything you can, and that’s just kind of how I do it.”