Micah Owings is tied with Joey Votto as the player currently on the Reds with the highest OPS+. He has two fewer career home runs than Willy Taveras in 2168 fewer career plate appearances. His career batting line against the Diamondbacks is 1.000/1.000/2.000 - okay, so it's only in one at bat. Oh, and he's pitching tonight.
Owings will be facing his former team for the first time on the mound tonight after posting a career 14-17 record with a 4.97 ERA in a year and a half with the big league team in Arizona. You know his motivation level is going to be high as I'm sure he wants to show the Dbacks what they gave up in that deal last August. Hopefully he can harness that energy and turn it into a positive outcome for the Reds. Plus, I'd kinda like to see him hit one out of the park too.
Dan Haren is an outstanding pitcher on a bad team. If you think Aaron Harang feels bad, imagine how Haren feels. He's started out the season 0-3, and after those 3 starts he had only surrendered 4 total runs. He's allowed just 6 runs in his other 4 starts and his 51-to-9 K/BB ratio is phenomenal. I fear Dan Haren.
Luckily, I don't have to face him. And thankfully, perhaps, several in the Reds lineup have not faced him previously. Those that have faced him are a combined 4 for 24 against him with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk. Hopefully he's not prepared to handle the awesomeness of Jay Bruce and Adam Rosales. Hopefully he won't see them coming.
Game time is 9:40 ET. Get your drinking shoes on. Thom is calling a D'backs game!