Chicago Cubs (38-51) vs. Cincinnati Reds (48-42)
Wednesday, July 9, 2014: 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park
Beeler made his Major League debut on June 28 against Washington, pitching well enough to earn himself a quality start in his first time out. Unfortunately, Beeler found out the hard way that professional baseball can be cruel. He would go six innings and not allow an earned run, while striking out six, but still get the loss.
The 6’5” right-hander out of Oral Roberts University is already 25 years old. Beeler has been stuck in the middle rungs of the Cubs’ farm system for the past few seasons, but with the opportunity that the organization has presented their young pitchers, he will have one of the first cracks at proving he belongs.
Everything about 2014 has represented a career-year for Simon thus far. While his nomination to the All-Star Game has not come yet, most around baseball believe that with the rule in place that does not allow pitchers to appear in the mid-Summer Classic should they pitch the Sunday before the game, Simon will find his way onto the roster.
Simon has faced off with the Cubs three times already on the season—none of which have been anything but a quality start. More importantly, the Reds have been on the winning side each time the “Big Pasta” has gotten the ball against Chicago.
On June 23 at Wrigley Field, Simon would go seven innings while allowing only a single run, getting the only no decision against the Cubs for him this year. Eventually, the bats would come to life, just not in time to give Simon the victory.
Should Alfredo find himself on the winning side of tonight’s start, he will become the league-leader in wins once again. Quite possibly more impressive than his wins statistic is that he has thrown a quality start in 15 of the 17 games he has pitched in this year.
Young Dallas Beeler will be looking to get both his first Major League win, and get the Cubs their first of the series.
First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m. as Beeler and Simon square off in a matchup of tall right-handers.