The script is set in Arizona. Arizona is now down 2-0 in the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers. Just about every MLB analyst is drinking the Brew Crew Kool-Aid. The question is can the Brewers close out the series or can the Diamondbacks pull off the unthinkable?
Sunday the Diamondbacks looked to even the series. The Brewers had different plans. The Brewers score 2 runs in the 1st inning off of a 2 run home run by Ryan Braun. Then the Diamondbacks struck back with a solo home run off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. Next, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks drove in runs to give the Brewers a commanding 4-1 lead. Here come the Diamondbacks scoring a Chris Young home run and a Justin Upton home run in the 4th and 5th inning. The Diamondbacks we saw during the season we’re back.. We have a series on our hands. Then, the Brewers struck gold in the 6th inning.
The Brewers batted through their entire order on their way to 5 runs, which put away the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks are now down 2-0.
No NLDS winner has been down 2-0 and rallied to a 3-2 series win. The good news for the Diamondbacks is that it has happened quite a bit in the ALDS. As well, the Diamondbacks have had bigger win streaks than 3 throughout the season, but THIS is the postseason.
If Arizona wants to shock the world again they must do it in convincing fashion this week with the next two games at home. They must not only win game 3 but they must crush the morale of Milwaukee when they win.
In the past ten years two teams have overcome a 2 game deficit to win the Best of 5 series. One was the Angels over the Yankees in 2003 and the Yankees over the Athletics in 2001. Arizona can make history by being the first National League team to achieve the feat in the Wild Card era.
Arizona will face Milwaukee Tuesday night at Chase Field for possibly the finale. The Diamondbacks are throwing Josh Collmenter on the mound against Shaun Marcum. The good news for the Diamondbacks is Shaun Marcum was 2-2 in September with a 5.17 ERA. If they can get to Marcum early they should be able to get the momentum they need to possibly shift the series. The bad news for the Diamondbacks is that Josh Collmenter was not any better in September. The bright spot is the last time Collmenter faced Milwaukee this year he pitched 8 strong innings striking out 7 allowing 0 runs and only allowing 3 hits. If Collmenter can repeat that performance Arizona will be in the position to gain some momentum with Game 4 at Arizona as well.
Arizona can only win one game at a time. Talking about winning the series is premature but Arizona never goes down without a fight. There is a reason they have the most comeback wins in the entire MLB. Yes, Arizona is down but don’t count them out. Almost every analyst says this series is over. Many analysts are already counting Milwaukee as the winner of the National League with how they are playing. That’s good Arizona plays their best baseball when everyone counts them out. Game on Brew Crew.
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About the Author
Written by Matthew Hesse
Matthew Hesse is currently located in Tucson, Arizona and he graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Business Management in 2009. Graduated from Tiffin University with a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Sports Management in 2011. Recent intern with the Pro Exposure Basketball Showcase and Greene Sports Management. Fan of Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, and the University of Arizona Athletics.