Philadelphia Phillies versus Cincinnati Reds (September 2)
The Philadelphia Phillies head to Cincinnati in third place in the NL East to take on the Reds, fourth in the NL Central. Drew Smyly is scheduled to pitch for the Phillies and Anthony DeSclafani is set to take the mound for the Reds.
The Phillies have been inconsistent at the plate this season, but Bryce Harper has gotten hot.
After 11 home runs in August, he leads the team with 29 home runs and 97 RBI. Rhys Hoskins has added 25 home runs and leads the league in walks, while J.T.
Realmuto has been on fire now and has also reached 20 home runs.
Jean Segura leads the team in batting average at .287. As a team the Phillies are averaging 4.9 runs per game.
For the Reds, their top offensive threat is Eugenio Suarez, who has 39 home runs and 85 RBI. Derek Dietrich is a distant second with 19 home runs, followed by Jesse Winker with 16.
Veteran Joey Votto has struggled all season, hitting .261 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI. The Reds are average a relatively mediocre 4.5 runs per game.
On the mound, Smyly has been poor most of the season with the exception of his first couple starts with the Phillies. He’s 2-6 with a 6.95 ERA, allowing 28 home runs in 89 innings.
Closer Hector Neris has been solid with 23 saves and an ERA of 3.55.
Jose Alvarez has been the most productive in the bullpen, posting an ERA of 3.02 in 50 2/3 innings.
The addition of Blake Parker has helped, with an ERA under three with the Phillies with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings. As a team, the Phillies are allowing five runs per game.
The Reds have been solid on the mound. Anthony DeSclafani is 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA, striking out 139 with 25 home runs in 135 2/3 innings.
He’s been excellent lately, pitching to an ERA of one over the last 18 innings. Workhorse reliever Michael Lorenzen has an ERA of 2.92 in 71 innings.
Closer Rasiel Iglsias has 27 saves but a relatively high ERA of 4.63. Amir Garrett has been the most consistent, posting a 2.70 ERA over 50 innings.
As a team, the Reds are allowing 4.4 runs per game.
The bad news for the Phillies is Smyly’s inability to keep the ball in the park, but the good news is the Reds have little major power with the exception of Suarez.
The feeling is that this will tend to be a lower scoring game with DeSclafani shutting down opponents lately. Look for a Phillies road win by a 5-3 score.