Sean O Sullivan (1-4, 4.81 ERA) and Johnny Cueto (3-4, 3.03 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (19-33) and the Cincinnati Reds (22-27) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies come into this series in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 2 and can be seen on FSN-OH and CSN-PHI.
O Sullivan pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking one in a 7-0 defeat to the Mets. Cueto is 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA when pitching against the Phillies. He is up against a below-average Philadelphia offense which is hitting just .237 this season. Todd Frazier (.287, 34 Rs, 16 HRs, 31 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Reds, going 3 for 4 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Philadelphia and Cincinnati are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Philadelphia's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.1 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Phillies are the fifth-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.3 hits per game to their opponents this season.
The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 49 stolen bases. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Reds are fifth in the NL with an average of 8.3 hits allowed per game.
The Phillies have a bad 15-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cueto takes the mound. O Sullivan (RHP) will be on the hill against the Reds, who have a 16-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN
When leading after 7 innings, Cincinnati is 8-12, while Philadelphia is 9-17.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Reds have a 7-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
The Reds are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Phillies currently have a losing streak of seven.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 15-5. The Phillies have a 14-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 157 this season. Cincinnati ranks near the bottom at 27th with 191.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 117 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 11th with 160.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 9-12. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 19-14 record.