In the second of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (25-31) and the Philadelphia Phillies (25-31) at the Great American Ball Park, Anthony DeSclafani (4-4, 3.60 ERA) and Aaron Harang (4-6, 2.45 ERA) take the mound. The Reds won the last game 6-4 and Cincinnati leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and will air on CSN-PHI and FSN-OH.
DeSclafani is 2-1 with a 6.39 ERA against the Phillies in his career, but is up against a struggling Philadelphia offense that's hitting just .237 on the year. Todd Frazier (.282, 37 Rs, 16 HRs, 36 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. In his career against the Reds, Harang is 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 22 strikeouts. Ryan Howard (.245, 20 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Cincinnati, a -146 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Philadelphia. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Reds are 14-10 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -843. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Reds has gone great. Over that span, Cincinnati is averaging 5.2 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.0. They have been a terror on the base paths, leading all of baseball with 56 steals. As for the pitching staff, the Reds are fourth in the NL in hits allowed with just 8.2 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Phillies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .380 when playing as the underdog (19-31) and an overall money line of -1,006.
This game will feature Harang (RHP) on the mound against the Reds, who have an 18-24 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed DeSclafani will take the mound against the Phillies, who have an 18-29 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Under
When leading after 7 innings, Cincinnati is 8-14, while Philadelphia is 10-19.
The Reds are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 14-9 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-28. The Reds have a 6-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 36 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top five at fifth with 64.
Cincinnati and Philadelphia both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Cincinnati sits at 12th with 8.09 hits per game and Philadelphia ranks 15th with 7.86.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.644). Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .715.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 7-26. When the Reds allow one or more homers, they have a 12-24 record.