Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chase Anderson (12.60 ERA), Cincinnati Reds
God, it feels like I am always picking on the Reds in these articles, but that is just the reality of things. Cincinnati has a terrible pitching rotation, and I'm not sure a single starter deserves to be in the major leagues right now. Milwaukee's offense is not that impressive, and no one on the team really scares opposing pitchers, but even they can do some damage against this staff. Chase Anderson gets the nod on the bump for Saturday's contest for the Reds.
In his last start, he walked four and struck out four over 2.2 scoreless and hitless innings in a no-decision versus the Rockies in the second game of a doubleheader. It was a short start, but at least he was finally able to keep the opposition from scoring. Anderson has allowed eight runs (seven earned) in five innings across three appearances with the Reds. To say he has struggled so far is an understatement in his little time as a starter this season.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Jose Urena (6.13 ERA), Colorado Rockies
The Diamondbacks aren't exactly all-world when it comes to putting runs on the board, but that really doesn't matter much when you are playing at Coors Field. The ballpark is legendary for making even the worst offenses look like an All-Star team with the thin air of Denver and the small dimensions of the field. Anyone can have a great day hitting the ball here, and against some really poor pitching, they certainly can smack it around a few times. Jose Urena is the perfect example of a guy who should struggle out there to produce outs.
In his last start, Urena allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out just one over 5.1 innings, taking the loss in the second game of a doubleheader versus the Reds. This was the fifth time in his last nine outings that he has allowed at least four earned runs. Urena has a 6.13 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and a 38:34 K-to-BB through 69 innings across 16 outings (12 starts) between the Rockies and the Brewers this year.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kohei Arihara (5.29 ERA), Texas Rangers
The Blue Jays have been quite the disappointments this season, especially on offense, where they have so many star players that aren't living up to their full potential. Still, they have a winning record, and still have the talent to explode for runs on any given night. The best chance for that to happen will always be against a struggling pitcher, and that is exactly what we will get here when the Blue Jays take on the Rangers. Kohei Arihara takes the hill for Texas on Saturday, and this is the type of guy Toronto loves to see.
Arihara was in the bullpen most recently after a three-start run following his call-up from Triple-A. He made one two-inning appearance in relief but will now step back into the rotation after Dallas Keuchel was recently released. Arihara owns a 5.29 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over 17.0 innings with Texas this season and isn't an inspiring choice here to stop a talented Toronto lineup. He's simply not an MLB starter.