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Dbacks @ Marlins: Is This The Night For Anderson?

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to further dig themselves out of the hole they created last week when they face off against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night in South Beach. After taking the first two games of the series, the Dbacks will try to clinch the 4-game series victory over a Miami team that’s clearly in shambles.

Last night Jeremy Hellickson produced his 1st quality start in over a month, but did not factor in the decision. Daniel Hudson pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief and was credited with his 1st victory since 2012. In the top of the 8th inning, A.J. Pollock was called upon to pinch hit and delivered what turned out to be the game-winning two-run home run. Enrique Burgos closed the door for the 2nd consecutive game. We went over his rise to prominence earlier today.

Probable Pitchers

Chase Anderson (0-1, 2.81 ERA, 32 K) vs David Phelps (2-0, 2.68 ERA, 27 K)

Many who haven’t followed the Dbacks closely would be surprised to find out the Anderson has been the most consistent of the starting pitchers. De La Rosa may be the hottest, and Bradley may be the young(est) gun, but Anderson currently holds the lowest ERA of all the starters.

Anderson has been a quality start machine as well. Anderson’s 4 quality starts is now 2nd on the team, due to De La Rosa’s incredible stretch recently. Anderson’s last start was in Philadelphia and he only went 5 1/3 innings. He only surrendered a run and three hits, but also walked three batters. Anderson will aim for that ever elusive 1st win on the season.

Phelps didn’t start the 2015 season in the rotation but, due to injuries, found himself start games in the middle of April. Phelps has forced himself in the rotation due to his stellar outings. Phelps is currently on 5-game quality start streak. Phelps’ last outing was a 6 inning, 1 run, 8 strikeout no decision effort against Atlanta.

Staring Lineups

After smacking the game-winning home run,Pollock will return to the starting lineup. It’s Owings turn to take a seat in the middle infield rotation, with Hill returning to the lineup. Gosewisch will remain in the lineup, meaning Pacheco will probably get the start tomorrow. After pitching in two consecutive games, Burgos may not be available out of the bullpen, with Ziegler the most likely choice to receive a save opportunity if the chance presents itself.

First Pitch is at 4:10 MST in Miami.

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