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Whicker: Yu Darvish makes Diamondbacks look bad, Dodgers smart

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Mark Whicker

PHOENIX — Back when they were going through the September shakes, and back when Arizona was using the Dodgers like a bucket of practice balls, Yasmani Grandal advised strongly against panic.

“This is good,” Grandal said. “We’re getting more and more information.”

The season played out, Arizona’s six-game late-season win streak over the Dodgers was reset, and the Diamondbacks matched up against the Dodgers in the Division Series.

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One can’t tell how crucial the information was, but news of the Dodgers’ demise turned out to be fake.

For the second consecutive year and for the third year in five, the Dodgers go to the National League Championship Series. Their 3-1 Game 3 victory at Chase Field finished a sweep in which they outgunned Arizona at home and then outpitched Arizona here, and probably outmanaged the Diamondbacks in both locales.

The busload of Dodgers’ front office personnel must have felt a deep glow over the way Game 3 turned out. Their starter, Yu Darvish, was the one the Dodgers acquired from Texas at the trade deadline. Darvish had been on alternating current in his two months in blue, and no one knew how he would handle the stress of postseason pitching with a chance to become a free agent in the offseason.

Maybe the 2-0 series lead helped […]    

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