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D-backs keep eye on wild-card game with Giants in town

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San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Giants lost, 3-1, to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday, dropping two of three over the weekend in Chavez Ravine, while scoring just five total runs in the matchup. San Francisco has scored one run or fewer an MLB-high 34 times in 2017.
  2. Arizona beat Miami, 3-2, yesterday at Chase Field, taking two of three from the Fish, and improving to 23-9 (.719) in its last 32 games -- best in the NL since August 21. The D-backs, who clinched one of the National League wild-card spots when both the Brewers and Cardinals lost on Sunday, are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
  3. The D-backs have taken 10 of 16 from the Giants in 2017. Arizona has won five straight games against San Francisco at Chase Field by a combined score of 34-13 (dating to April 5).
  4. Johnny Cueto allowed just two runs in 6.2 IP last Tuesday against the Rockies, but had to settle for a no-decision when the Giants gave up the lead after he was removed from the game. Cueto is 5-0 with a 3.24 ERA in his last five starts against the D-backs at Chase Field.
  5. Zack Godley went 5.0 innings and allowed five runs last Tuesday in San Diego, taking the loss after allowing the second-most runs in any of his 24 starts in 2017. Godley is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts at Chase Field (has 21 strikeouts and just one walk in those outings).
  6. J.D. Martinez had two singles in five at-bats yesterday, snapping a three-game home run streak, but extending his hit streak to four games (.412 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI during streak). Martinez has 14 bombs this month -- most of any MLB player in a single September since Troy Tulowitzki went deep 15 times in September 2010.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/25/2017 thru 9/27/2017

PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke will start the National League wild-card game for Arizona on Oct. 4, the Diamondbacks announced Monday.

Water is wet.

Sun rises in east.

Still, how the Diamondbacks and No. 1 starter Greinke, 17-8 with a 3.18 ERA, get there is something else again.

After Arizona clinched the top NL wild-card spot on Sunday and home-field advantage for the winner-take-all wild-card playoff game, manager Torey Lovullo gave most of his regulars a day off on Monday for what wound up being a 9-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. He said that will be the exception as the team points to the postseason.

The Giants and Diamondbacks play the middle game of a three-game series Tuesday at Chase Field.

Arizona mainstays Paul Goldschmidt, J.D. Martinez, Jake Lamb and David Peralta will play most if not all of the final five regular-season games, Lovullo said.

"It is my thought not to take anything for granted or ho-hum our way through the next several games, because no team is good enough to just turn that switch on and be ready for such an important game," Lovullo said. "It's going to be a dress rehearsal for the most important game of the year."

The rotation, however, will change this week, Lovullo said, as the date for Greinke's next start is finalized.

Greinke was tentatively scheduled to start Wednesday in the finale against San Francisco, but Lovullo said Monday night that the ace would not make that start.

If Greinke started the Wednesday game, he would have six days of rest before the Oct. 4 wild-card game. He has made one start on six days' rest this season, an 8-4 loss at Colorado on June 20 in which he gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings. The Rockies are the Diamondbacks' most likely wild-card opponent.

So it now appears almost certain that Greinke will start the opener of the final three-game series in Kansas City on Friday, a move that would put Greinke on normal four days' rest for the wild-card game. He is 8-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 starts on four days' rest. He is 9-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 14 starts on five days' rest, but that choice is not available because the Diamondbacks do not play Thursday.

"(Greinke) might be the most important piece in this, but we have four other pitchers we have to talk to and walk through certain things with," Lovullo said. "We are trying to do our absolute best to win (the wild-card) game.

"We want to make sure that Zack is in the right place, and we are going to get a lot of input from him. Zack is very good at expressing himself accurately. He knows exactly how he is feeling and exactly where he wants to get to. We would be fools if we didn't rely on his input."

Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray (14-5, 2.95 ERA) is set to face Giants left-hander Matt Moore (6-14, 5.20) on Tuesday.

Ray is 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his past six starts since missing 26 days with a concussion. He is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season, with 24 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings. He is 3-1 with a 2.83 in seven starts against San Francisco in his career.

Moore is coming off his best outing of the season, when he threw six shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over Colorado last Thursday. He gave up six hits, struck out six and walked two in his first scoreless outing of the season.

"With that team having a lot to play for right now, and for us to pick up (the win), it feels good," Moore said after the game. "We don't have much (we're) playing for this time of year. For us to go out there and compete and not take no for an answer, I think it says a lot."

Moore is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against Arizona this season, and those are his only career appearances against the Diamondbacks.

Updated September 26, 2017

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