Cincinnati Reds (51-45) vs. New York Yankees (48-47)
Saturday, July 19, 2014: 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium
Beginning his second half coming off eight consecutive quality starts, Simon looks to continue his fairytale ride through the rest of the season.
Last time out, Simon threw a season-high 119 pitches in his win over the Chicago Cubs on July 9. Still tied for the league lead in wins with Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, Simon looks to regain sole possession with his lucky number thirteenth win.
Looking at Simon’s career numbers against the Yankees does not do him much justice as he has proven this season that he is not to be judged by past performance. It has been a magical ride for the “Big Pasta” in 2014, one he hopes is not coming to an end anytime soon.
Following his move from the desert to the Bronx, Brandon McCarthy found himself suddenly in the heart of a Pennant Race. The only thing the Arizona Diamondbacks are fighting for is third place in the National League West, and McCarthy wakes up in the most demanding sports city on the planet.
A victim of an unbelievable high .348 BABIP (batting average of balls in play), McCarthy has been extremely unlucky in 2014. His traditional statistics are misleading in the fact that he had a porous defense behind him in Arizona, which did not do much to help his numbers come back down to earth.
After starting the year a miserable 1-10, McCarthy has swung his fortune in his favor recently. In his last three starts, his club has won each time, with himself being the personal benefactor in two of those. In his one start as a Yankee (on the road), McCarthy pitched 6.2 innings while allowing nine hits and four runs, but just a single run was earned.
Here is the lineup he will be facing via the team’s Twitter account: (In parentheses are the career numbers against)
Billy Hamilton – CF (2-for-3)
Zack Cozart – SS (1-for-2, 1 BB)
Todd Frazier – 3B (1-for-4, 1 RBI)
Jay Bruce – RF (2-for-4)
Devin Mesoraco – C (2-for-2, 2 RBI)
Brayan Pena – 1B (2-for-5, 1 RBI)
Chris Heisey – LF (1-for-2)
Donald Lutz – DH (0-for-2)
Kristopher Negron – 2B (no prior history)
Looking to even the series and make Sunday a rubber match, the Reds and Yankees meet at 1:05 p.m. for an afternoon tilt in the Bronx.