Chicago Cubs (38-52) vs. Cincinnati Reds (49-42)
Thursday, July 10, 2014: 12:35 p.m. at Great American Ball Park
Thursday afternoon will be the Major League debut for Hendricks, a 24-year-old from Newport Beach, California. Drafted in the 39th round out of high school, Hendricks turned down professional ball for Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Eventually, his persistence paid off by being selected in the eighth round by the Texas Rangers.
Hendricks ripped through Double-A last season while with the Cubs, warranting a guaranteed spot with the Triple-A club at Iowa. While his ERA has taken an uptick in 2014, he is on pace to far exceed expectation when it comes to his strikeout numbers. At nearly a batter per inning, Hendricks is on the best role of his career when it comes to punching out batters.
Before being prematurely removed from his last start in order to keep his pitch count down, Hendricks had wins in his last four starts. It has been since June 5 that he has not made a quality start.
Standing at 6’3”, the Redlegs will get a look at yet another young pitcher the Cubs will attempt to bring along in their rotation.
The last time Homer Bailey took to the mound, he was the hard luck loser to the Milwaukee Brewers by a final of 1-0. There has been much criticism of Bailey on the year, yet all eight of his wins have come from efforts that could be classified as quality starts. Bailey’s win-loss record, coupled with his high ERA signify that he has had a seesaw season more than anything.
Last time out against the Cubs on June 24, Bailey was not sharp. Surrendering four runs in 5.1 innings of work, Bailey would pick up his fourth loss of the year—the first he had incurred in over a month.
Directly after that start, he had his best of the season—a complete game shutout of the San Francisco Giants. Rolling off two stellar outings, Bailey looks to continue his success against his division rivals.
With the early, un-televised afternoon tilt, many may not get to see Bailey toe the rubber for Cincinnati. Sitting at 22-23 in his career during afternoon games, Bailey looks to even his record and give the Redlegs a six-game winning streak.