Good Pitching Battle When Reds Take On Phillies Tonight

Good Pitching Battle When Reds Take On Phillies Tonight

 

Tonight we have a great pitching match-up in-store for us when Tony Cigrani takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds to take on Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are small home favorites despite scoring just four total runs while being swept on the road in the first series against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds are 25-16 so far this season and 9-10 when on the road, and tonight’s starting pitcher Cingrani has been pitching excellent. Thus far Cigrano sports a low 2.89 ERA with a 2-0 record and 37 strikeouts. In his last outing was against the Milwaukee Brewers on the 10th where he had a short night pitching just four innings giving up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He was then swapped with Matt Latos in the pitching order to gain another night of rest due to shoulder soreness.

Leading the Reds in hitting is first basement Joey Votto with a .325 average, 4 homers, and 17 RBI’s. Votto finished yesterday’s game against the Marlins with a hit, a base on balls, and two runs. Second baseman Brandon Phillips smacked a home run in the sixth and is now batting .285 with 7 home runs and 36 RBI’s on the season. Center fielder Sin-Soo Choo is leading the team in homers with 9, in yesterday’s game he had a hit, two walks, and a run.

The Philadelphia Phillies rest in the middle of the NL East at 19-22 with only 9 wins in 19 games at home. Cliff Lee will try to get them closer to .500 and on the way up with a start tonight. Lee currently sports a 2.86 era and a 4-2 record with 8 starts this season. He has pitched good giving up 52 hits in 56 innings pitched and has 43 strikeouts thus far.

The Phillies have been waving the bats good this week and none better than short stop Jimmy Rollins who has been on fire hitting .381 with 8 hits, a home run, and six RBI’s. Dominic Brown also has a homer in the last seven days with six hits and four RBI’s. John Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz both have six hits as well, and Delmon Young with 5. The only player out of the ones named batting under .357 for the past seven days is Brown who is hitting .286 for the week.

I like the Cincinnati Reds in this match-up against the Phillies. Tony Cigrano has been pitching great and after the Reds swept Philadelphia earlier in the season, even if it was at home , you have to like the odds on the Reds continuing their best wining streak of the season (6 games).

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