Friday -- Dodgers 6, D-backs 0; McCarthy stuggles, Ryu dominates. Saturday -- Dodgers 8, D-backs 5; Miley hit hard in loss. Sunday -- RHP Dan Haren (1-0, 0.75) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (0-3, 7.90 ERA), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona. Photos: Associated Press
Turn it around
This was not the way the Diamondbacks wanted to begin the season, obviously, but their slow start is hardly a playoff dealbreaker. Of the 94 teams that began the season at 3-8 in the modern era, 10 made the postseason, and the Athletics (1973), Yankees (1977) and Angels (2002) won the World Series. A turnaround is not limited to ancient history, either, as the Rays recovered from 3-8 starts to make the playoffs in two of the last three years and the Twins did it in 2009.
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Pool party passe
The Dodgers will make their first visit to Chase Field since their celebratory dip in the swimming pool about a half-hour after clinching the NL West on Sept. 19, 2013. Some of the D-backs were upset that the Dodgers went into the pool; most were upset that some Dodgers went in the pool. Baseball memories are long, but any residual resentment is likely to be tempered by the fact that these three games are much more important than any possible revenge factor.
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Dodgers bitten by injury bug
First Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson, now A.J. Ellis and Yasiel Puig. Ellis is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery this week, and Puig is battling a left thumb injury that has limited him to one game since Saturday, when he suffered the injury while diving headfirst into first base against the Giants. It could have been much worse -- the Angels' Josh Hamilton is expected to miss two months with a torn thumb ligament after doing the same thing.
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Rotation remains an issue
Wade Miley (twice) and Brandon McCarthy are the only starters on the team who have gone more than six innings in a game this season, and the D-backs need some rotation stability to stay in games and keep the bullpen fresh. Bronson Arroyo has been limited in his two starts because of a spring injury, but he should be back on track his next time out. Long reliever Josh Collmenter pitched four innings for his first save Wednesday, and he could provide a rotation option if Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado continue to struggle.