The Reds look to match their season high win streak on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and take three of four games in their series at Chase Field. A win on Sunday in the Land Before tHom will give the Reds a winning record on their road trip to the West Coast before they head back to Cincinnati on Monday to play the Giants.
The Diamondbacks will have Wade "Don't Call Me Dave" Miley on the mound this afternoon. Miley has had a rough start this season after putting together two solid years in 2012 and 2013. He currently sits with a 4.75 ERA, which is more than a run and a half above his career ERA. Even though he is averaging an additional strikeout per every nine innings in 2014, his H/9, and BBs have remained relatively constant over the past three years. Perhaps more alarmingly for Arizona fans, Miley's 2014 numbers make him appear more to be the 1.3 WAR accumulating pitcher of 2013 than the 3.5 WAR pitcher with sixteen wins of his rookie season.
Nonetheless, Miley remains a mildly cagy lefty. He has not faced any Reds player more than ten times in his career. However, Brandon Phillips is 3 for 9 lifetime against him with 2 doubles. and Todd Frazier is 2 for 7 with one two-bagger. In what may best be described as a reverse-reverse platoon anomaly, Chris Heisey is 3 for 5 lifetime while Jay Bruce's 1 hit against Miley in 6 at bats was a home run.
The Reds will have Alfredo Simon start today. As his short career as National League starter may suggest, he has had little interaction with the lineup for Arizona. Simon is coming off of his second shortest outing of the season, where he managed only 3.2 innings against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Other than his loss on Tuesday, his road record this season has been nearly impeccable, holding batters to a .286 OBP while carrying a WHIP of 1.079. In fact, his road ERA is two runs below his home ERA; 2.13 and 4.13 respectively. If the Reds look to have a winning road trip, they will need Simon to maintain his winning ways on the road.
The Reds haven't had a day off in 10 days and they're arguably showing the most life they've showed all season over the past 2 games. Hopefully, a win today will allow the Reds to carry this momentum past Monday's off day into their next home stand. At the very least, it'll draw them one step closer to a winning record and a healthier roster. If time doesn't heal all wounds, it should at least heal Joey Votto's knee-cep and Mat Latos' knee-bow. That's only fair, right?