Saturday's scouting report: Pirates at Diamondbacks
Rookie Chase Anderson has been a worse pitcher at Chase Field (3.79 ERA, .275 BAA, .317 BAbip in seven starts) than on the road (2.67 ERA, .223 BAA, .254 BAbip in five starts) this season. However, the Pirates knocked him around a bit July 2 at PNC Park (three runs in 3 2⁄3 IP). Anderson's strikeout rate is decent at any venue (2.83 SO/BB at home, 2.17 SO/BB away). In his past three starts, he is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA.
• Neil Walker leads NL second basemen in home runs (16). Since the start of last season, Walker has 32 homers, which ties him with the Mariners' Robinson Cano for second most among big league second basemen. Brian Dozier leads with 37.
It's too bad A.J. Burnett, who's a huge fan of “The Walking Dead” TV series, wasn't traded back to the Pirates. At Saturday's Pirates-Diamondbacks game at Chase Field, the first 20,000 fans will get a zombie bobblehead.
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