Hard-Luck Chase Anderson Looks for His Second Win
By Thomas Lynch
Apr 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Chase Anderson (57) throws during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
New York Mets (30-26) at Arizona Diamondbacks (26-28)
Bartolo Colon (8-3, 4.72 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (1-1, 3.26 ERA)
7:10 PM MST
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to take another step toward the elusive .500 by sending their best pitcher to the mound tonight. Chase Anderson has pitched brilliantly but has only one win to show for it. In May, he pitched to the tune of a 2.65 ERA in six starts, the last of which was his worst outing of the year. He gave up six runs on hits in only five innings in that marathon loss to the Milwaukee Brewers last Sunday. Manager Chip Hale would love to see Anderson give him seven innings tonight, something no Snakes’ pitcher has done this week.
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As for the Mets, Bartolo Colon is looking for his ninth win, which be the best in all of baseball. Colon saw his ERA rise from 2.90 to 4.72 during the course of May. Amazingly, this is only Colon’s second appearance in his 18-year career against the D’backs. A win by New York would allow them to regain sole possession of first place in the National League East as the Washington Nationals were defeated by the Chicago Cubs earlier today.
A.J. Pollock has been the hitting star for Arizona during the first two games of the series. He has gone 5 for 8 with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBI’s. His batting average is now up to .330 and he leads he club in stolen bases with 14.
Today’s pitching matchup is a toss-up. Anderson has been great and Colon has been solid over his last two starts. A win tonight for the D’backs would be huge. Tomorrow they have to contend with the other half the Mets’ Dynamic Duo in Jacob deGrom. After that the road gets tough with a six game road trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco.