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Game #106: Diamondbacks @ Reds

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From Philadelphia, the Diamondbacks move on to Cincinnati for three games there. Here's to not getting Poseyed at the plate this evening.

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Chase Anderson
RHP, 6-4, 3.58
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Homer Bailey
RHP, 8-5, 4.22

Diamondbacks Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte - CF
  2. David Peralta - RF
  3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
  4. Mark Trumbo - LF
  5. Miguel Montero - C
  6. Martin Prado - 3B
  7. Didi Gregorius - 2B
  8. Nick Ahmed - SS
  9. Chase Anderson - P

No Parra in this afternoon's line-up, which is a bit of a surprise, especially with a right-hander on the mound for the opposition - only Goldschmidt has played more innings in the field for the D-backs this year. Not clear why, could be just a day-off, and there aren't any left-handers looming imminently. Still no Aaron Hill, but he appears to be able to come off the bench, which is a good sign - that's still in line with what happened when he was hit on the hand last year, but this does appear to have been a more glancing blow, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed we will be able to escape any lasting ill effects.

Chase Anderson has continued to be a pleasant surprise in the Diamondbacks rotation, and another good start today should see him overtake Bronson Arroyo for the lead among our starting pitchers by bWAR. Admittedly, that's like winning your local pub beer-pong tournament, considering that Arroyo has been worth a whopping 0.7 WAR thus far. After a bad start against the Pirates at Chase, Anderson has bounced back with consecutive quality starts, and will be seeking to extend it a career-best three in a row this evening. I'd like to see him stretching out a bit - his high is still only 103 pitches - but with the concerns over his workload, I can understand the caution.