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Washington Nationals’ Tanner Roark (7-6, 4.98 ERA) gave his best performance of the year in a win against the Cincinnati Reds on July 16. While Arizona Diamondbacks’ Anthony Banda was taken off Triple-A Reno so he could face Roark at Chase Field.
Tanner Roark, Photo Credit: MLB
Roark held the Reds to three unearned runs on four hits while striking out five batters in over six innings to get his first win of the month. However, it might be tough to assume that he’ll continue to give another performance like that while he’s just posting a 4.59 ERA with a 4-2 record in away games. Plus, he had a loss in his last match against the D-backs on May 2; he gave up four runs on six hits with two homers in six frames in that game.
Anthony Banda, Photo Credit: MLB
On the other hand, Banda had a 7-5 win-loss record with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP while he was playing for Reno. He gave up 60 runs on 101 hits with 43 walks and 93 strikeouts in 101 innings throughout 18 starts in Triple-A.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Roark, Photo Credit: MLB
From left to right: Nick Ahmed (#13), Chris Herrmann (#10), and Jake Lamb (#22), Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
D-backs’ Chris Herrmann and Jake Lamb were responsible for the two homers that Roark gave up in their last showdown; Hermann had one run on two hits with one dinger in three at bats while Lamb had a run on one hit with one homerun in three at bats during that game. Plus, Lamb is currently posting a .250/.333/1.000 stat line and a 1.333 OPS while having three runs on two hits with two homers in eight at bats against Roark throughout his career.
Washington Nationals vs Banda, Photo Credit: MLB
Bryce Harper, Photo Credit: MLB
While one of the Nationals’ best batters, Bryce Harper, has been on fire lately; he’s gotten 14 runs on 17 hits and four homers in his past 10 games. He’s currently posting a .337/.444/.632 and a 1.076 OPS for the season so far. Plus, it won’t be unbelievable if Washington’s other best hitters end up scoring some runs as well; Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy, and Ryan Zimmerman are all posting above .300 batting averages for the season.
The D-backs’ batters have been performing relatively well against Roark this year so, it won’t be a surprise if the Nationals’ starting pitcher wouldn’t be able to deliver another jaw dropping performance. However, the D-backs might not have made the right choice in slating Banda against Washington’s high-powered offense since he doesn’t even have any experience in the Major League.
Projected Winner: Washington Nationals