Los Angeles Dodgers Back to Dominating Opponents

Posted October 11, 2017

But our baseball staff at The Comeback originally meant to post some bold predictions before the MLB postseason began.

The Arizona Diamondbacks couldn't prevent the Los Angeles Dodgers from beating them in the NLDS, but they could prevent a repeat of 2013's celebration.

The Dodgers struck for a run in the first inning.

The Dodgers lineup continued to show what they have shown each of these first three games.

Clayton Kershaw led the way for the Dodgers in their big series win over Arizona, ensuring that the team got off to a good series start and protecting home field advantage.

So why couldn't the D-Backs continue that success in the postseason?

Those four each played a significant role in the 3-1 victory by the Dodgers over Arizona Monday night sending the team to its third NLCS in the last five years, and perhaps this time the team is better suited to battle for the NL pennant than in any of the prior two NLCS appearances.

Yeah, not so much.

Arizona actually has six homers in the series to just one by the Dodgers, who scored eight runs in Game 2 with only one extra-base hit.

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The Dodgers' batters exercised supreme discipline, laying off Zack Greinke's pitches out of the zone to send the Diamondbacks star's pitch count soaring.

The Dodgers' 1-16 skid from late August into September seemed unusual while it was happening.

But D-Backs starter Robbie Ray couldn't hold that lead very long, largely because he couldn't throw strikes. But those mistakes finally caught up with him in the fourth.

The local product who made good for the visiting team engendered a few boo birds on Monday night, but they were drowned out by the chants of "Co-dy" from the Dodgers fans in the sellout crowd of 48,641.

The midseason trade acquisition for the Dodgers lived up to his hype as he allowed just one hit-a bunt single-through the first four and 2/3 innings.

In Saturday's game, Logan Forsythe helped lead the charge as he was 3-for-5 with a stolen base, three runs and an RBI. Yasiel Puig finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Dodgers came away with a win due to their dominante back end of the bullpen.

The pitching staff did a great job closing out the game, but enough can't be said about the offense facing former Dodger Zack Greinke.

Desert baseball is a different animal, all burnt orange and Sedona red, mist machines on the sidewalks along Randy Johnson Way, 84 degrees outside at first pitch, but an air-conditioned 74 inside, even with the retractable roof open and exposing the black sky. After spending all summer as the most resilient, resourceful team in baseball, Los Angeles suddenly stopped scoring the extra runs and earning the late-game breaks that had made it so dominant. If we could have fought a little harder, I feel like, and get a couple more pitches, maybe fouled off a couple more, or taken a couple tougher ones - I'm just looking at my own at-bats - maybe I would have gotten more of a mistake, but they didn't make too many of them. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo thought Darvish changed his approach this time around, throwing more fastballs than D-backs hitters were expecting to see.