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Dodgers will face a very familiar opponent in Diamondbacks

By in Press Enterprise on October 5, 2017

By Bill Plunkett

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks played 19 times this season, twice more in spring training.

And they’re not done with each other yet.

In a sprawling wild-card game that featured 14 pitchers and four triples (including one by one of those pitchers – Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley), the Diamondbacks turned a 6-0 lead into a nail-biting 11-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

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The Diamondbacks will now face the Dodgers in one National League Division Series (the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals face off in the other) beginning Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Since the one-game wild-card play-in format began in 2012, the wild-card winner has faced a team from its division four times (twice in the American League, twice in the National League). The division winner has won three of those four NLDS matchups so far.

“I think it’s how you look at it. There’s familiarity on both sides,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of facing a division foe in the postseason – which would have been true with either outcome Wednesday. “It just comes down to who’s going to be better for that one series. There’s really not a whole lot of things we can uncover that they haven’t done or personnel that we […]    

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