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It is Rookie vs Veteran in Game 3 of the NLDS.

You don’t often see an experience difference as big as the one we will see in Game 3. Lance Lynn has 27 career postseason appearances and is facing the rookie Brandon Pfaadt, who started Game 1 of the Wild Card round. Pfaadt will have a chance to end the Dodgers season. 

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Lance Lynn, who started the year for the White Sox before being traded to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, has a career 5.28 ERA in the playoffs. However, Lance Lynn has had maybe the worst season of his career this year by a long shot. His career worse ERA, coming last year, was 3.99. He has a 5.73 this year. 

He’s been borderline unplayable for most of the year. The only thing Lance Lynn brings to the table is his ability to eat innings. However, the Dodgers need him to win and pitch well, something he hasn’t done successfully this year. He had a decent August with an under-4 ERA before posting a 5.34 in September. 

Because of the trade timing this year, he never had to face the D’backs.  This will be their first time seeing him, which could be an advantage. That may be the reason the Dodgers are rolling him out. 

Pfaadt, on the other hand, is coming off a rough postseason debut. He allowed 3 ERs and seven hits in only 2.2 innings of work. Luckily for him, the D’backs came back and won, but he did not look sharp. The Dodgers have a much better offense and will be desperate, so Pfaadt is being thrown to the sharks here. 

Pfaadt also has a terrible track record versus the Dodgers. In his first start versus LA, he allowed 4 ERs and seven hits in 4.2 innings. That’s an okay start for a rookie. However, in their second meeting, the Dodgers got Pfaadt for five ERs and eight hits in only four innings. Pfaadt will need much luck to get through this game without much damage. 

Expect this to be an incredibly high-scoring affair that will come down to whose bullpen is better because I doubt either Pfaadt or Lynn will stay in the game long. 

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