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Dodgers advance to NLCS with sweep of Diamondbacks

Dodgers advance to NLCS with sweep of Diamondbacks

Unless, of course, he won't.

The LA Dodgers will attempt to end their National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday as they look to gain a third straight win to progress to the next round of the postseason.

What was completed at Chase Field on Monday night was more than a sweep. The 4.63 ERA in 19 postseason games speaks for itself.

However the Dodgers got the run right back, a lead off home run by Barnes made it a 3-2 game. He had not walked more than five in a game since walking seven against the Colorado Rockies on July 3, 2013.

Should Corbin take the mound on Tuesday, he'll be doing so on 10 days rest. The Dodgers got to him for a run in the first inning, and kept putting the pressure on in the early innings as Greinke's pitch count mounted.

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The Dodgers will now move to a rematch with one of their playoff opponents from last season. By watching his teammates, especially last Wednesday's Wild Card game, he was able to get a feel for what October baseball is all about. "We are fortunate enough to be in a big market, have a big payroll, have a lot of good players, a lot of talent". And, remember, Corbin has never been in this position before. How could this 2017 team, which just steamrolled the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game sweep of the Division Series, have looked so terrible in losing 15 of 16 games less than two months ago?

Maybe the Snakes were more anxious about random Dodgers fan trying their luck. Tuesday night's effort from Zack Greinke was the longest outing for the Snakes with five innings. He dialed his four-seam fastball as high as 97.8 miles per hour, averaging 95.2 and generating 11 strikes from among the 14 he threw, three of them swings and misses. I just think he was maybe trying too hard. "Probably. But we have other options that we felt like could get us through this".

The fitting end to a frustrating night for the Arizona Diamondbacks came on a signature cutter from Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. He lost both games. As for the Cubs, manager Joe Maddon was contemplating adding another left-handed bat to his lineup, while conceding that Scherzer is just as tough against right-handed batters. For the Dodgers to not collapse in the NLCS, they'll have to continue hitting well as well as pitching in dominant fashion.

"I think we kind of pitched around some guys sometimes here and there and weren't really aggressive".

That 1-16 stretch the Dodgers endured in late August and September, the one that came out of nowhere when they were 55 games above.500 and ended any talk of them being remembered as one of the greatest teams in history, now looks like an aberration - albeit one that lasted almost three weeks and forced some serious introspection as the playoffs loomed.


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