The Diamondbacks will send Robbie Ray to the mound for Game 2 of the NLDS to go up against Rich Hill and the Dodgers. Let’s take a look at how both starting pitchers have done this year and what we should expect!
Ray has pretty much dominated the Dodgers this season in five starts, giving up just nine runs (five from one start in late April) and striking out 53 batters in 31.2 innings. Yes, you read that right. This shouldn’t be a surprise, however, considering he finished 2nd in all of baseball with 12.111 K/9.
His most recent start against the Dodgers was especially brutal. Ray went 7.2 innings and allowed no runs on three hits. He also managed to strikeout 14 Dodgers.
Luckily, there is hope! A few Dodgers have hit well against Robbie Ray this year. Logan Forsythe is 4-9 with a home run against him and Chris Taylor is 6-12 against him. Kiké Hernandez is just 2-13 against Ray this year, but both of those hits have been home runs!
Rich Hill has not done too well against the Diamondbacks in four starts this year. In 19.2 innings, Hill has given up eleven runs and four home runs. His most recent start against the Diamondbacks was pretty good though. Hill went six innings, allowed just two runs, and struck out nine batters.
Now Diamondbacks in particular have hit Rich Hill especially well, but Chris Iannetta, J.D. Martinez, Jake Lamb, and A.J. Pollock have all homered against him.
Luckily for the Dodgers, Robbie Ray is pitching after just throwing 34 pitches on Wednesday against the Rockies. Who knows if that will faze him or if he will be on a shorter leash because of it, but the Dodgers will take any advantage they can get!
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