Who will win the NLDS: Arizona Diamondbacks or Los Angeles Dodgers? | The Tylt
Who will win the NLDS: Arizona Diamondbacks or Los Angeles Dodgers?
The Diamondbacks were on the winning end of one of the most exciting games of the season in the National League Wild Card Game. Now, they have a huge confidence boost heading into the Division Series against the Dodgers. While the Dodgers rolled through the entire league during it's hot streak in June and July, they had trouble solving the Diamondbacks, who are 11-8 against the Blue Crew. If the Dodgers have a kryptonite, it is the Diamondbacks.
While the Diamondback offense was on display in the wild card game, it will be Arizona's pitching that will help them the most. Here is the situation outlined by Sports Illustrated:
The rotation has been arguably the best in the league, thanks to Zack Greinke’s return to form, Robbie Ray’s breakout and the emergence of Zack Godley. And the bullpen has been incredibly dependable. Fernando Rodney will be good for at least one heart-stopping appearance this postseason, but should the D-Backs win the wild-card game, they have a tremendous relief option in the form of Archie Bradley, who could be an Andrew Miller-style weapon in the late innings.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Baseball fans witnessed one of the greatest hot streaks when the Dodgers wrecked the league with 41 wins in 51 games in June and July. But fans also saw the same team lose 16 of 17 games from August to September.
The team appears to have recovered—winning 103 games, the NL West Division and come into the playoffs winning eight of its last 10 games. The Dodgers have reached their rock bottom, but they are gaining momentum that the Diamondbacks can't stop. The Dodgers will advance.
Clayton Kershaw is the obvious star of the Dodgers' pitching staff, but unlike previous years, he has some arms ready to help him out. Here's more from Sports Illustrated:
Kershaw won’t have to do it all on his own: Los Angeles’ rotation is strong, with Rich Hill and Yu Darvish ready to back the lefty ace; this group is so deep that Alex Wood and his 154 ERA+ won’t start until Game 4, if he starts at all. The Dodgers have all the pieces and depth to make a championship a reality.