Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.91 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (20-15) meet Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 4.15 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (14-20) in the first of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and will air on CSPh and FSOH.
In his last start, Hellickson pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-3 victory over the Marlins. Odubel Herrera (.339, 22 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 4 for 4 with two runs and one stolen base. The Reds were unsuccessful the last time Finnegan pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing five runs (two unearned) and striking out one in a 13-7 loss to the Brewers. Brandon Phillips (.286, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Phillies -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
The previous three games have all gone Cincinnati's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN
In their last game, the Reds lost by a margin of one run. The Phillies are 12-3 in one-run games. The Reds have a 7-5 record in close games.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Reds have a 6-14 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 4-15. The Phillies have a 5-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 28 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the top half at 14th with 37.
Philadelphia and Cincinnati both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. Philadelphia sits at 29th with 7.43 hits per game and Cincinnati ranks 28th with 7.56.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.645). Cincinnati ranks near the bottom at 21st with an OPS of .700.
The Reds are 11-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Phillies are 9-12 when they allow at least one homer.