PHI: 28-18, 1st in NL East; CIN: 25-22, 2nd in NL Central
When: May 23-26
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)
Monday: Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92) vs. Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13) vs. Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.11) vs. Travis Wood (3-3, 5.17)
Thursday: Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.38) vs. Homer Bailey (3-1, 2.08)
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM
Player to Watch – Scott Rolen: Since coming off the disabled list on May 13th, Rolen has been swinging a hot bat. He is hitting .308 with five RBIs in his last 10 games. In a lineup that already includes Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Phillips, the presence of Rolen provides another threat for the Reds. He also is still a solid fielder over at third base. While overall Rolen has been hot, he went two-for-12 in the Reds’ weekend series against the Cleveland Indians. He will be looking to get back on the right track against his former team.
Overview: The pitching matchups over this four game series certainly favor the Phillies. The Reds don’t really have an ace but they still have some solid pitching. In the opening matchup, Cole Hamels will take on Bronson Arroyo. Hamels has been magnificent this season. In his last start, he went eight strong innings and only gave up one run and tallied eight strikeouts.
In the second game, Vance Worley makes his return to Philadelphia to replace Joe Blanton who is on the disabled list. Worley has pitched very well with the big club in two starts. He has also pitched out of the bullpen. Worley has pounded the strike zone and has proved that he belongs in the major leagues. On the other hand, Johnny Cueto has been very good as he came off the disabled list recently. He boasts a 1.45 ERA and the Phillies’ bats will need to get going if they want to beat Cueto.
The final two games favor the Phillies as they have Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee facing Travis Wood and Homer Bailey respectively. Halladay and Lee are both coming fantastic starts. They both went eight innings and gave up a combined two runs against the Texas Rangers. Bailey is the one pitcher to worry about because he has pitched well this season. He has struggled against the Phillies in his career, going 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA. Travis Wood is a name Phillies fans should remember because he took a perfect game into the ninth inning last July against them.
Oh, and here’s a look at tonight’s line up