Cincinnati Reds (25-16) @ Philadelphia Phillies (19-22)
Friday, 7:05 - Tony Cingrani vs. Cliff Lee
Saturday, 4:05 - Bronson Arroyo vs. Respect the KK
Sunday, 1:35 - Homer Bailey vs. Petite Bone
Red Stockings Bats:
R - 195 (6th)
AVG - .251 (17th)
OPS - .728 (11th)
Joey Votto/1B (.456 OBP) and Shin-Soo Choo/CF (.468 OPS) are on base nearly half the time. Then comes Brandon Phillips/2B (36 RBI) in the lineup knocking them in with regularity. Not to be forgotten, Jay Bruce/RF has 14 doubles and Todd Frazier/3B has 6 HR and 25 RBI. There are some holes in this lineup C, SS, and LF, but the others are more than capable of swinging the game in favor of the Reds.
Red Stockings Arms:
ERA - 3.43 (4th)
WHIP - 1.19 (1st)
Tonight's starting pitcher, rookie southpaw, Cingrani, is striking out 11.89 batters per 9 innings to go along with a 2.89 ERA/0.96 WHIP. Tomorrow's starter, Arroyo, continues to churn out quality outings (3.76 ERA/1.14 WHIP). The Phils don't get a break on Sunday either with Bailey's 3.51 ERA/1.15 WHIP. Their rotation has been great, and that's with staff ace Johnny Cueto on the DL. Also, once the ball has been handed over to the bullpen, a trio of talent is there to hold the fort down (Aroldis Chapman, Sam Lecure, and Sean Marshall).
The Reds are good at both scoring runs and preventing them. The Phillies are bad at both scoring runs and preventing them. Therefore, Cincinnati takes 2 outta 3.