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NLCS Pitching Matchup: Pfaadt Must Pitch Game of His Life

Brandon Pfaadt pitched an incredible game vs the Dodgers in game three of the NLDS. He pitched 4.1 innings, only allowing two hits. The D-backs might need even better tonight.

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Brandon Pfaadt will face off against Ranger Suarez in game three at Chase Field. The Phillies starters have held the D-backs to three runs in two games. Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler looked in control. Pfaadt has to be dominant in a must-win game, but the batters must get to the starting pitcher early and often. Can the D-backs use the crowd to get to Suarez here?

Based on the stats, Brandon Pfaadt has pitched twice in the playoffs. He had that great outing versus the Dodgers, but the Brewers got to him in Game 1 of the Wild Card series. In that Brewers game, he allowed three runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings.  Pfaadt, a rookie, finished the season with a 5.72 ERA, which is not very good. He’s been especially bad versus good teams. Teams like Boston, Tampa Bay, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Texas have gotten to him for many runs. He also has not faced Philadelphia this year.

Ranger Suarez is coming off an even better performance in his second playoff start. He only allowed three hits in five innings against the best offense in baseball. Suarez faced the Braves twice in that series and only allowed one run in 8.2 innings pitched.  He finished this season with a 4.18 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 125 innings. However, Suarez has struggled preventing runs. He gave up 2+ runs in all but eight of his starts this season. Arizona is actually the only team he held scoreless this year. In his only start versus the D-backs, he went seven innings, a season-high, and only allowed four hits.

Everything is saying the Phillies take a 3-0 series lead. It will be up to Pfaadt to ensure that doesn’t happen. Can the rookie handle that pressure?

Larry Fitzgerald to throw out Game 3 first pitch

 

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