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The Diamondbacks are facing elimination in the NLDS at the hands of the scrappy Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Not surprisingly, manager Kirk Gibson is far from being ready to concede anything.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers are heading back to Phoenix, and they now know what times they'll be facing off on Tuesday. The D-Backs are down 2-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers, so there's no guarantee there will be a Game 4. But if there is, here's the info past Game 3.
Game 3: Chase Field in Phoenix; Tuesday, October 4th, 6:37 PM PT, 9:37 PM ET on TNT.
Game 4 (if necessary): Chase Field in Phoenix; Wednesday, October 5th, 6:37 PM PT, 9:37 PM ET on TBS
Game 5 (if necessary): Miller Park in Milwaukee; Friday, October 7th, 2:07 PM PT, 5:07 PM ET on TBS (unless it's the only game, in which case it's at 5:07 PM PT, 8:07 PM ET)
The Diamondbacks are planning on sending Josh Collmenter to the mound for Game 3, starting Joe Saunders for Game 4 and wrapping it all up with Ian Kennedy for Game 5. They'll be hoping for three straight wins, because any other scenario sends them home.
Also, some info regarding tickets:
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today tickets beginning at $12 are still available for Tuesday’s Division Series playoff game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field that will begin at 6:37 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 of the Division Series will begin at 6:37 p.m. on Wednesday.
Fans can purchase single-game Division Series tickets online at dbacks.com, by calling 602.514.8400 or in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office and any Ticketmaster location. The Chase Field Ticket Office is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
To talk about the National League Divisional Series between Arizona and Milwaukee, you can check our SB Nation team sites! Go to AZ Snake Pit to talk to fans of the D-Backs, and go to Brew Crew Ball to talk to fans of the Brewers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks can ill-afford to go down 0-2 in a five-game series. The key to Game 2 of the NLDS will be if Daniel Hudson can control his emotions and get through the first inning and find a groove.
The Arizona Diamondbacks released their roster for the start of 2011 MLB Playoffs. The 25 players that will be eligible to take the field in the NLDS series against the Milwaukee Brewers includes the expected names like Justin Upton and Ian Kennedy but also a surprise addition with rookie Jarrod Parker.
Parker has a total of five innings pitched in the major leagues but made the roster as a possible long reliever or spot starter over fellow rookie Wade Miley who's started seven games (4-2, 4.50 ERA). Also left off the bullpen roster are lefties Zach Duke and Alberto Castillo.
The Brewers only have two regular hitters in the lineup that bat from the left side but they are both dangerous --Prince Fielder and Nyjer Morgan. Gibson is likely counting on his starters going six or seven innings so he can turn the ball over to David Hernandez in the eight and J.J. Putz in the ninth.
Parker wasn't called up to the team until the middle of September which left some question if he was even eligible but apparently he was allowed to replace only of the eligible players who are on the disabled list (Xavier Nady or Jason Marquis).
The Diamondbacks can reset their playoff roster and put a few more lefties in the bullpen should they advance to the NLCS should the match-ups dictate that.
There were no surprises with the position players that made the roster.
Here's the Diamondbacks playoff roster for the 2011 MLB NLDS:
No. 15 Micah Owings RHP
No. 29 Brad Ziegler RHP
No. 30 David Hernandez RHP
No. 31 Ian Kennedy RHP
No. 34 Joe Saunders LHP
No. 39 Bryan Shaw RHP
No. 40 J.J. Putz RHP
No. 41 Daniel Hudson RHP
No. 47 Joe Paterson LHP
No. 55 Josh Collmenter RHP
No. 56 Jarrod Parker RHP
No. 12 Henry Blanco
No. 26 Miguel Montero
No. 2 Aaron Hill
No. 11 Sean Burroughs
No. 14 Ryan Roberts
No. 16 John McDonald
No. 18 Willie Bloomquist
No. 27 Geoff Blum
No. 37 Lyle Overbay
No. 44 Paul Goldschmidt
No. 4 Collin Cowgill
No. 8 Gerardo Parra
No. 10 Justin Upton
No. 24 Chris Young
"If I could script it out it wouldn't be an easy thing. The tougher the better. Love it. My team will be ready for it," Gibson told the media in Milwaukee on Friday.
Gibson is always looking for an edge and one way he's doing that is by waiting until the last possible moment to announce his playoff roster and pitching rotations.
The D-backs traveled with 30 players to Milwaukee including young RHP Jarrod Parker who could only be added to the roster as an injury replacement since he wasn't called up until after the September 1st deadline. Relief pitchers Ryan Cook, Zack Duke and Albert Castillo are also on the bubble for making the roster which will be announced on Saturday morning.
The only information Gibson would allow is that Ian Kennedy would take the ball in Game 1 and Daniel Hudson in Game 2. We expect to see LHP Joe Saunders in Game 3 but it is possible that Gibson goes with RHP Josh Collmenter who had success in two starts against the right-handed heavy Brewers lineup.
Ian Kennedy talked about his opponent and repeated the obvious, saying the Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder are a big part of the Brewers offense. But when asked if he was concerned about them or anyone else he showed his confidence.
"Personally, there's no one that really concerns me," Kennedy said.
On paper, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers are similar teams. They also share small market challenges (although the Brewers payroll is $32m higher) and both teams have an aggressive mentality and approach to the game.
Despite the similarities, there are of course differences that come up as we put together these quick stats and key facts from both teams.
The Diamondbacks have less impressive offensive statistics.
Head to Head
One big advantage for the D-backs in this series is defense. Arizona is a top-ten defensive club by most available measures while the Brewers are bottom third. In a close series, defense could be the difference.
For more advanced statistical look at this series, check out these links:
The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't have mich push back on their way to the 2011 NL West title, stomping right past the struggling Giants and into the postseason for the first time since 2007. Now they take on another new face in the playoffs in the form of the Milwaukee Brewers, a team Bodog feels should be able to handle D-backs.
Bodog Sportsbook Manager Richard Gardner talked a little about where the people are playing their money, though unfortunately not much of it is on Arizona:
"An exciting end to the MLB Season with both Tampa Bay and St. Louis getting in should make for a good first round...the public is looking for some bigger payouts it seems and over the last couple days have been backing teams with some higher odds such as the Tigers at 15/2 and the Rangers also at 15/2. The dog in the bunch is the Diamondbacks at 14-1 but even at those odds are getting no love."
The betting lines are out for the NLDS, with Milwaukee listed as the favorite in all categories:
Prices (best of five)
Arizona Diamondbacks +150
Milwaukee Brewers -170
As for the individual game results, the odds even themselves out a bit more, though still favor the Brewers:
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 9/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 4/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 9/2
Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 13/4
Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 7/2
Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 3/1
RBI's, Hits, Runs:
Justin Upton (ARI) +120
Ryan Braun (MIL) -150
Justin Upton (ARI) +145
Prince Fielder (MIL) -175
Remember D-back fans, nobody thought the Giants stood a chance against Atlanta, Philadelphia, or Texas last season and they went all the way, so don't believe the hype. Believe in your team.
Amidst all the playoff planning by the Arizona Diamondbacks came a bit of a scary scene as hitting coach Don Baylor was taken from the visitors clubhouse on a stretcher after fainting due to some lightheadedness. He was taken to a local Milwaukee hospital as a precaution as well as some further evaluation according to Arizona GM Kevin Towers.
Initial reports from Milwaukee where Arizona Republic beat writer Nick Piecoro are encouraging. Piecoro reported that according to Towers, the initial tests were encouraging including an EKG heart test. A CT scan is planned and team doctors are with Baylor at the hospital.
"After those test, we'll probably have more to say. Everything looks good as of now," Towers told Piecoro.
The 62-year-old Baylor has been apart of Major League Baseball since back in 1970 when he made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles, spending 18 years in the majors as a player before calling it quits with the Oakland A's in 1988. Baylor was the first manager of the expansion Colorado Rockies from 1993-98, winning the National League manager of the year in 1995.
He would also manage the Chicago Cubs from 2000-2002. He served as the bench coach for the New York Mets, hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners, and was as a fill-in analyst in 2007 on Washington Nationals broadcasts. Baylor was the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, until joining the Diamondbacks on October 25, 2010, with a two-year contract as hitting coach.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be matched up with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. SB Nation Arizona will have a complete breakdown of the series, but what good is a breakdown if you do not know the viewing information for the series? Here are the tentative game times, TV schedule, announcers, and more:
Broadcast Crew: Victor Rojas, (play-by-play), Joe Simpson (analyst), Sam Ryan (reporter).
Television Coverage: The entire series will be broadcasted on TBS, along with both pre-game and post-game coverage.
Game One: Saturday, 2:07 p.m. EST / 11:07 a.m. PST -- This is not a typo; the D-backs' first playoff game will have a first pitch at 1:07 in Milwaukee on Saturday, which is 11:07 a.m. in Arizona. The team will have some time to get their internal clocks somewhat adjusted to the time change, but this early of a start time is pretty scary.
Game Two: Sunday, 5:07 p.m. EST / 2:07 p.m. PST -- Fortunately, there will not be back-to-back morning games in this series. What a bummer.
Game Three: To-be-detemined.
Games Four and Five (if necessary): To-be-determined.
For more on the Diamondbacks, check out AZ Snake Pit.
When the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers begin their 2011 MLB NLDS series on Saturday, the two teams staring across the diamond at each other will be looking at something very familiar. Both teams come from smaller, non-coast markets and neither team has made a lot of noise in the playoffs recently. More importantly, both teams play a similar style of baseball.
"They have a lot of power. I think they're line up is very similar (to ours). Both teams are very similar in numbers. It's kind of eerie how close in everything we stack up. Pitching ERA, home runs, home records," Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy said, adding, "I think it's going to be a fun series."
Here's a quick breakdown of those stats Kennedy mentioned and a few others:
(Diamondbacks / Brewers)
Of course, teams are far more than their stats and these two teams have more in common according to D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, "They have very powerful players. (They have) an interesting mix of speed. They're very aggressive, much the same way we are."
Where the two teams are probably most different is the way each side creates offense.
The Brewers rely more on their two stars, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun to drive in runs. The Diamondbacks on the other hand, have Justin Upton as the primary threat but then get production from a lot of other sources ranging from Miguel Montero to Aaron Hill. The D-backs attack can be unpredictable while the Brewers middle of the order is more dangerous.
The D-backs won four of the seven games the teams played this season including two of three in Milwaukee. All seven games were played in July and the teams are very different now according to Gibson. Ryan Braun missed four of those games and the D-backs hadn't yet traded for 2B Aaron Hill or called up 1B Paul Goldschmidt.
Most importantly, the playoffs are a different beast and so whatever the record in the regular season, it doesn't matter now according to D-backs CF Chris Young.
"If we were 0-7 against them we would still go into the series confident. If we were 7-0 you still can't lay back. I think you have to go into it like it's an entirely new series," Young said.
"It will be great," Gibson said. "Good hard baseball. A lot of respect on both sides."
The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the Milwaukee Brewers in a few weeks, but they're not totally certain of who will be on their playoff roster. It's also uncertain how many pitchers they'll decide to take on for this endeavor. AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
"Whether I know now or whether I know in 24 hours or 48 hours, it's just getting prepared to make proper decisions, to try and understand the information," Gibson said. "That's part of it. It's better than going home like a lot of the other guys in there."
Earlier this week, Gibson said Geoff Blum will be on the playoff roster, meaning if Gibson also chooses Sean Burroughs, as expected, there will be room for 11 pitchers. But he wouldn't commit to that number.
Gibson wouldn't blink at all in terms of his playoff roster strategy. Especially, he said, because he doesn't know whom the D-backs will play.
"I'm not trying to be elusive," Gibson said. "I'm just being honest with you. I don't have it figured out. I don't think there's a consensus at this point."
Going with fewer pitchers has its disadvantages. The additional position player would create room for more double-switches in the National League. Depending on performances against given teams, it might give a manager a pinch hitter that is on the roster solely because of the first round opponent.
Geoff Blum and Sean Burroughs don't have any conclusive stats against the Brewers. Maybe Blum is being brought on to take down Randy Wolf, or the three ABs that Burroughs has accumulated against Kameron Loe are the key to victory in extra innings. But you figure that any of these extra decisions are going to have minimal effect on the outcome of the series. Until it has a maximum effect, in which case I take total credit for everything.
The Arizona Diamondbacks know they'll be facing the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the MLB Playoffs in the National League Divisional Series. They know they'll be starting things off on Saturday sometime. Milwaukee finished one game ahead of Arizona, meaning they'll get the ever so crucial Games 1 and 2 at home, plus the pivotal Game 5 if it comes to that.
Here are the dates and places for Milwaukee and Arizona in their NLDS matchup.
Saturday, October 1st: Game 1, Miller Park in Milwaukee, TBS
Sunday, October 2nd: Game 2, Miller Park in Milwaukee, TBS
Tuesday, October 4th: Game 3, Chase Field in Phoenix, TBS
Wednesday, October 5th: Game 4, Chase Field Phoenix (*), TBS
Friday, October 7th: Game 5, Miller Park in Milwaukee (*), TBS
(*) If necessary
Nothing the Arizona Diamondbacks does tonight matters anymore. The Milwaukee Brewers beat up the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 last night. The Brewers held a one game lead over the Diamondbacks coming into tonight, meaning that even if the Diamondbacks win, they'll still be one game behind. The Brewers thus clinched the two seed, meaning they'll host one of the National League Divisional Series. The Philadelphia Phillies will host the other NLDS.
The Diamondbacks found out where they'd be traveling after the Atlanta Braves completed a collapse when they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in thirteen innings. The loss by the Braves clinched a wild card spot for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves would've played the Brewers if they'd won the wild card because divisional opponents are not allowed to play each other in the first round of the MLB playoffs. But St. Louis will now play Philly, and Arizona will head to Milwaukee for Game 1.
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