Arizona Diamondbacks (45-60) vs. Cincinnati Reds (52-52)
Monday, July 28, 2014: 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park
Making just his 12th Major League start on Monday night, Anderson has had a solid rookie campaign thus far in 2014 for Arizona. A former ninth round pick in the 2009 Amateur Draft, Anderson, at age 26 has finally ascended to Major League status.
In his only start since the All-Star break, Anderson racked up a quality start at home against the Detroit Tigers. Although, he would not earn a decision for the first time all year, a true statistical oddity.
He has made only four road starts thus far and he is yet to render more than three runs in any start. His stinginess on the road, combined with a scuffling Reds offense may prove to be a successful combination for Anderson.
Here is the lineup he will be facing via the Reds’ Twitter account: (obviously, none of these batters has faced Anderson before)
It has been a less than dominant season for the newest member of the $100 million club in Homer Bailey. His FIP has increased by nearly an entire run since last season (3.31 up to 4.21) while his ERA follows almost the exact same trend.
Bailey did not make a start out in the desert when the Redlegs traveled there at the end of May, but for his career, he is decision-less in two starts. He has gone a combined eight innings while walking seven and striking out ten against the Diamondbacks.
His last time out, he would put together a quality start against the Milwaukee Brewers, but ultimately end up with a no decision. The last time Bailey allowed more than three runs in a start was back on June 24 in Chicago.
Here is the lineup he will be facing via the Diamondbacks’ Twitter account:
CF – Ender Inciarte (yet to face Bailey)
RF – David Peralta (yet to face Bailey)
1B – Paul Goldschmidt (yet to face Bailey)
LF – Mark Trumbo (yet to face Bailey)
C – Miguel Montero (1-for-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
3B – Martin Prado (3-for-8, 1 RBI)
2B – Didi Gregorius (yet to face Bailey)
SS – Nick Ahmed (yet to face Bailey)
P – Chase Anderson (yet to face Bailey)
Monday night begins a stretch of nearly three consecutive weeks without the Reds facing an opponent currently above .500. It may be a steep climb back to the top of the division, but it will have to begin with excellent starting pitching and a little home field advantage.