The Phillies had a lot of trouble with Alfredo Simon last night. Tonight, they get Homer Bailey. Any fans sitting in the outfield bleachers can probably put your gloves under your seats when the Phils come to bat tonight.
The Phils will be looking to break out of a 20 inning scoreless streak when they play Cincinnati in the second of a three-game series. The Reds won last night 3-0, as the Phillies managed just six hits, only one of them for extra bases.
Tonight, Cole Hamels heads to the mound looking for his first win of 2014. He's 0-2 with a 5.32 ERA, but he should have gotten one in his last start, when he handed the bullpen a 4-1 lead in the 9th after throwing 133 pitches through seven. Hamels has had an extra day of rest, but it will be interesting to see if there are any negative lasting effects from such a high pitch count in his previous start.
The good news is Hamels has owned the Reds in the past, with a 7-0 record and a 1.70 ERA against them in 10 career starts. One of the least-talked about, but best pitched-games during the Phils' five-year postseason run was his 2-0 series-clinching win against Cincinnati in the 2010 NLDS.
Bailey has had an up-and-down start to his 2014 season, at 3-2 but with a 4.72 ERA. He also pitched well his last time out, pitching 7 1/3 innings and giving up just one run on and six strikeouts during a 4-1 win over the Rockies. Bailey is 0-3 in his career against the Phils, but has a solid ERA of 3.61 ERA against them in eight career starts.
For the second straight game, manager Ryne Sandberg is playing with his lineup. Jimmy Rollins leads off for the second game in a row, with Carlos Ruiz batting second. Having the team's 2nd and 3rd-best on-base guys hitting in front of Chase Utley makes all the sense in the world. Ben Revere is not in the lineup for the second straight night, replaced by Tony Gwynn Jr., who is hitting eighth. And Domonic Brown has been dropped from sixth to seventh in the lineup, hitting BEHIND Cody Asche.
Here are the lineups.
|CINCINNATI REDS||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Billy Hamilton - CF||Jimmy Rollins - SS|
|Zack Cozart - SS||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|B. Phillips - 2B||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Todd Frazier - 3B||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Ryan Ludwick - LF||Marlon Byrd - RF|
|Skip Schumaker - RF||Cody Asche - 3B|
|Neftali Soto - 1B||Domonic Brown - LF|
|Tucker Barnhart - C||Tony Gwynn Jr. - CF|
|Homer Bailey - RHP||Cole Hamels - LHP|