Chicago Cubs (38-50) vs. Cincinnati Reds (47-42)
Tuesday, July 8, 2014: 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park
The 33-year-old lefthander will be making his Major League debut on Tuesday night when he takes the hill for the Chicago Cubs. Wada had an amazing season back in 2011 when with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks where he went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA, while striking out just less than a batter per inning.
After scuffling in the Baltimore Orioles organization, Wada has been a success for the Cubs down at Triple-A Iowa. With former starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel shipped off to the Oakland A’s last week, the Cubs are in desperate need of starting depth, which Wada can provide.
Unlike Holmberg, Wada will not be up just for a single start. This may be the 33-year-olds Major League debut, but he has been pitching professionally in the Japanese League since he was 22.
Still nearly two weeks away from turning 23 years old, David Holmberg still has remarkable room for improvement. Last season, as a 21-year-old, Holmberg made his Major League debut as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks against the San Diego Padres. He would go 3.2 innings, while allowing six hits and three walks in accordance to the three earned runs he allowed.
Apart of the three-team deal that sent Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays, Holmberg joined the Reds’ minor league ranks to improve the starting pitching depth. A built 6’3”, 225-pound left-hander, Holmberg has the makeup of a successful starting pitcher.
His 2014 season down at Louisville has been one to forget. He is yet to win any of his 10 starts, while walking 22 batters in 44 innings. Over his last few starts though, he has thrown the ball more efficiently.
Pitching on the backend of the doubleheader, Holmberg starting for the Reds is fool’s gold. Should he pitch brilliantly, then they have a legitimate chance to sweep the doubleheader—a rare occurrence.
All threats of rain should dissipate throughout the night, meaning the matchup of two Triple-A pitchers inside a big league ballpark will indeed take place at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday night.