National League Wild Card game preview: Colorado Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks

National League Wild Card game preview: Colorado Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks

The showdown between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies tonight could wind up being one for the ages and features great fantasy players. A Diamondbacks win would also put the Cubs at the second-lowest win total among all playoff teams - only ahead of the Yankees.

Gray, 25, was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in his previous 5 starts, but the Diamondbacks were up 3-0 on him before a good share of the 48,803 in the stands had settled into their seats.

Arizona knocked out Colorado starter Jon Gray (0-1) after he gave up four runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Arizona's ace and starter, Zack Greinke, has a.272 BAA versus the Rockies this season.

Greinke was charged with two runs in four-plus innings Friday night against Kansas City, a tepid start that came after one of his worst performances of the season, when he gave up eight runs in four innings against Miami on September 22.

Which team has the advantage at closer?

During that 13-game span, Gray is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA, 80 strikeouts and 16 walks.

In the seventh, the Rockies got another run to bring them within one, 6-5.

The Diamondbacks have Fernando Rodney, who's 40 years old with 300 career saves and three years of postseason experience.

Derek Carr out 2-6 weeks with a back fracture
Teams need to exploit matchups against Denver's linebackers because the Broncos' secondary is so good. He was concussed this preseason but didn't miss a game, and suffered another head injury .

First pitch was scheduled for 5:08 p.m., which likely means fans and commuters will be on the road at the same time. The Diamondbacks also have a bullpen weapon in Archie Bradley, who dominated in 2017 with a 1.73 ERA. The D-Backs need him to go the distance tonight, he will exactly do.

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Goldschmidt got things started with a three-run home run in the first, while Descalso connected on a two-run home run in the third inning to stake the D-backs to a 6-0 lead, knocking out Rockies starter Jon Gray (0-1) in the process.

Anything can happen in a single game playoff, but there is a clear favorite in this one.

Colorado's third baseman had an MVP-type season, hitting.309 with 37 homers and 130 RBIs to become the eighth player in major league history with at least three straight seasons with 35 homers and 130 RBIs. He was acquired in part to combat all the left-handers in the Dodgers' rotation. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon have never played in a playoff game.

In the Colorado fourth inning, Gonzalez, Story and Parra singled for one run.

For those who arrive even earlier, several bars and restaurants near Chase Field said they planned to offer specials. "I don't know any other way to play, so I was going to run as hard as I could until they told me to stop".

After a fairly good American League Wild Card game Tuesday night, we're back to the NL version as an encore to fill out the field for the tournament, so to speak. Arizona won 11-of-19 meetings against Colorado during the regular season. This guy is the best run producer in baseball, and he has burned the Diamondbacks a few times this season. "I think a couple extra days for rest will help him, but more importantly, he's at a place in his career where I think he's set up for this game". We can't wait for this one.