Diamondbacks enter the NLDS with rotation issues. But they do have momentum

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It's easy to see why the D-backs would not allow their regular season success over the Dodgers to get to their heads.

That made it hard for Ray to come back just two days later, so Arizona manager Torey Lovullo is going with Walker against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium.

At issue is the fact the Diamondbacks required the services of both of their top starting pitchers, right-hander Zack Greinke and lefty Robbie Ray, to survive the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night - largely because Greinke, their nominal ace, failed to make it out of the fourth inning despite being staked to an early six-run lead.

"Obviously, I made some public statements about how I feel about our team and other things", Bradley said.

Arizona was 93-69 to finish second in the division. So we haven't quite determined the Game 2 starter, but we're going to drill down to that as quickly as we possibly can.

In what looks to be the best divisional round of this year's postseason, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will tango for five ballads, the first to three goes on to the NLCS.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he understood Lovullo's decision to burn his two best starters in the wild-card game. The Dodgers finally have the rotation they need to contend in the postseason and their bullpen is far superior, but the Diamondbacks can hit and they'll find a way to get Dodger-killer Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke back out against LA at some point during the series.

Arizona is 0-5 in their last 5 road playoff games and 25-11 in their last 36 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win.

For his part, Ray said Thursday that he felt the same as he does the day after throwing a bullpen session. Last time he faced them was September 4, when he took a flawless game into the sixth inning and ended with the following line: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K. All told, Ray led the NL, among qualified starters, with 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He was 3-0 in five starts against the Dodgers this season, posting a 2.27 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings.

Major League Baseball would not comment on a potential investigation. Roberts instead went with Farmer, who played in only 20 games for Los Angeles this season.

The Boston Red Sox, just last month, were fined an "undisclosed amount" for using a smartwatch to steal signs during a game against the New York Yankees.

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