Boston Red Sox (53-65) vs. Cincinnati Reds (60-59)
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 12:35 p.m. at Great American Ball Park
The 6-foot, 7-inch Red Sox prospect extraordinaire is reaping the benefits of the organization shipping off their three top starting pitchers in an attempt to re-tool. A first-round pick (supplementary) in 2010, Ranaudo looks to take advantage of his first legitimate Major League opportunity.
Quite dominant down at Triple-A Pawtucket this season, Ranaudo raked up 13 wins to go along with his impressive 2.58 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 125.2 innings pitched.
Having made his Major League debut twelve days ago (against the New York Yankees nonetheless) at home in Fenway Park, Wednesday afternoon will be Ranaudo’s first road appearance. Pitching six innings and allowing only two runs, while walking four and allowing four hits, Ranaudo picked up the victory in his first start.
Here is the lineup he will be facing via the team’s Twitter account: (obviously, none of the hitters have faced Ranaudo before)
CF – Billy Hamilton
RF – Jay Bruce
3B – Todd Frazier
C – Devin Mesoraco
1B – Brayan Pena
2B – Kristopher Negron
LF – Skip Schumaker
SS – Zack Cozart
P – Mike Leake
With Homer Bailey being scratched due to soreness, Mike Leake was able to slot in perfectly to the Wednesday start.
Leake’s last two starts have come against the Miami Marlins, with one in Miami and one at home. The road start ended in a win, while the home start ended in a loss. Both starts were labeled “quality” starts, although they were nearly identical in effectiveness. In Miami, he went for six innings of work and only one run allowed, while at home it was seven innings of work with just two runs crossing the plate.
Having earned a decision in five straight starts, and 14 of his last 15, chances are that Leake will decided what the outcome of the game will be one way or the other. Just two games above .500 for his career with a 4.46 ERA in day games, Leake hopes to lower that number at home against the slugging Red Sox.
Here is the lineup he will face via the team’s Twitter account:
2B – Brock Holt (2-for-4, 1 K)
RF – Daniel Nava (yet to face Leake)
LF – Yoenis Cespedes (yet to face Leake)
1B – Mike Napoli (1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI)
3B – Kelly Johnson (3-for-8, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB)
SS – Xander Bogaerts (yet to face Leake)
CF – Jackie Bradley Jr. (0-for-3)
C – Dan Butler (yet to face Leake)
P – Anthony Ranaudo (yet to face Leake)
Getting underway at 12:35 p.m., Wednesday’s afternoon matinee will be the Reds final home game before heading out west to Colorado and St. Louis. In an attempt to salvage a single game from their collision with the Red Sox, the scuffling Reds bats will have to remind rookie Anthony Ranaudo that he is in the big leagues.