With right-hander Taijuan Walker tabbed as the Game 1 starter on Friday night against the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks appear to be leaning toward starting Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke in the following two games.

That, of course, depends on how Ray bounces back after logging 2 1/3 innings in relief in Wednesday night’s wild-card win over the Colorado Rockies. Judging by his comments on Thursday, Ray is feeling good.

“(I’m) ready to go whenever they ask me to,” Ray said. “Obviously, they haven’t decided anything yet. But I’m sure that’s something we’ll talk about today and leading into tomorrow and figure something out.”

Asked to compare the way he feels Thursday to the day after a start, Ray said, “Not even close. It feels like a day after a bullpen.”

If Ray starts Game 2, he would then be able to start a potential Game 5 on regular rest. And having him available to face the Dodgers twice if the series goes that long would figure to be a huge factor for the Diamondbacks.


In five starts against the Dodgers this season, Ray has posted a 2.27 ERA with 53 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 31 2/3 innings. The numbers are even better at Dodger Stadium: 0.92 ERA in 19 2/3 innings with eight walks and 37 strikeouts.

“I feel like I’ve had a good amount of success against them this year,” Ray said, “and I feel like I match up pretty well against this lineup.”