It's do-or-die for the Arizona Diamondbacks as the team enters Tuesday's NLDS Game 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers. After dropping the first two games of the series in Milwaukee and falling to 0-2, the Diamondbacks will return home to Chase Field and attempt to put together a first-round comeback.
The game will feature a pitchers' match-up of Shaun Marcum and rookie Josh Collmenter. Marcum posted a 13-7 record during the regular season with a 3.54 ERA. He struggled towards the end of the season and was only 2-2 in September with a high 5.17 ERA. Despite this, Marcum gained his reputation in the clubhouse as a big road pitcher and was 8-3 away from home, sporting a 2.23 ERA along the way.
The Diamondbacks will counter with Collmenter, who posted a 10-10 record through the regular season and a 3.38 ERA. Like Marcum, he struggled down the stretch, going 1-2 in September and giving up 4.44 ERA. The rookie, though, played very well against the Brewers this season. Collmenter held Milwaukee to 14 scoreless innings and six hits in consecutive starts on the road back in July. The Diamondbacks will need Collmenter to keep up that dominance and contain a Brewers offense that has averaged 6.5 points over the first two games of the series.
Game 3 Lineup
Game 3 lineups should look very similar to the squads that both sides sported in Game 2.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has stated that Jerry Hairston will start at third base, resuming his position from Game 2. Yuniesky Betancourt should also retain his place at short stop over Craig Counsell.
The Diamondbacks should field the same players from Game 2 as well: Paul Goldschmidt at first, Willie Bloomquist at shortstop, Aaron Hill at second and Ryan Roberts at third. Bloomquist will likely lead off for Arizona.
We'll post the official lineups and batting order once they are announced later in the day.
NLDS Game 3 TV Schedule and Start Time
Game 3 of the NLDS is scheduled to start at 6:37 p.m. Arizona time (9:37 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast on TNT. For those who will be attending the game in person, the Diamondbacks are encouraging their fans to wear Sedona Red attire. The team will also give out Sedona Red and black pom-poms to fans at the game.