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The Philadelphia Phillies head over to Great American Ball Park to take on the Cincinnati Reds on Monday evening. The matchup is a makeup game from a rainout that occurred on June 2nd. The Phillies are projected to open the game with right-hander Spencer Howard, while the Reds will send left-hander Wade Miley to the hill for his 14th start.
Miley Marvelous Again
Wade Miley allowed just two earned runs over seven innings in the Reds’ win over the Twins on Tuesday in his last appearance. Cincinnati’s bullpen threatened to spoil this one, which left Miley with a no-decision. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk while scattering five hits, one of which was a fourth-inning two-run homer by Ryan Jeffress. He brings a sensational 2.85 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, with 62 strikeouts over 75 innings into this tilt with the Phillies. Opposing batters are hitting .213 against the southpaw, with a .328 slugging percentage in 13 starts.
After a torrid stretch during the month of May, the Reds have responded with quality baseball through the latter portion of June. They are one game above .500 and have received good production from the middle of their lineup. Coming into play on Sunday, they rank top 10 in batting average, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and home runs. Third-year slugger Jesse Winker has been on a rampage, hitting a blistering .325 with 18 home runs and 46 RBI in 65 starts for the Reds.
Howard Toes the Rubber
The Phillies are projected to send Spencer Howard to the mound for this game on Monday after Vince Velasquez was bumped into Tuesday’s start against the Marlins. While Howard has shown glimpses of his potential this season, he has struggled to find a rhythm. He comes into this matchup with a 5.59 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 26/15 K/BB ratio across 19 1/3 innings. Opposing batters are only hitting .197 against the rookie, but have registered a .366 slugging percentage over eight appearances (4 starts).
Offensively, Philly has been in the middle of the pack for much of the first half of the season. They rank 13th with a .238 team batting average but sit 22nd with only 79 home runs through 74 games. Those numbers should trend up with the resurgence of Bryce Harper after he had a brutal opening stretch. The eighth-year pro is hitting .272 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI in 55 starts this season.
- Reds are 5-1 in their last six home games
- All trends found on oddshark.com
- Phillies are 4-9 in their last 13 road games
- Phillies are 1-5 in their last six games overall