Cincy on Two-Game Run
The Cincinnati Reds try to win their third game in a row, visiting the Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a four-game series Monday night. Cincinnati disposed of the Pittsburgh Pirates twice recently, sitting in fourth place in the NL Central Division. The Reds are 3½ games behind the third-place Chicago Cubs. Philadelphia lost three-of- four at hone against the NL East-leading New York Mets, but is in the third wild-card spot in the National League. Philly is leading the Milwaukee Brewers by 1½ games.
Hot Fraley Leads Reds To Another Victory
The Cincinnati Reds may not have a postseason run to worry about, but they are trying to build some momentum. Currently, that’s being provided by outfielder Jake Fraley. The 27-year-old had his fourth home run in six games Sunday afternoon, helping the Reds over the Pirates.
“He is locked in,” Reds’ manager David Bell said of Fraley after Sunday’s win. “You can see he has a really good approach at the plate. Great idea of the strike zone.”
Fraley also had a two-run single in the victory, while walking three times in the contest. Fraley is batting .253 with four doubles, seven home runs, 17 home runs and 21 runs scored in 33 games over his first season with the Reds
First baseman Mike Moustakas hit a two-run home run in his third game back after a stint (calf) on the injured list. Moustak0as was 5-for-14 in the three-game series, pushing his batting average to .209 on the season with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 24 RBIs and 29 runs scored.
Righthander Luis Cessa gets the start for Monday’s opener. Cessa is 3-1 with a 5.50 ERA in just one start (37 appearances this season, striking out 28 in 37⅔ innings. Cessa’s only other start this season was Apr. 14, lasting just one inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers (three runs, five hits).
This ending as a bullpen game for the Reds wouldn’t surprise.
Phillies Need To Be Better At Home
The Philadelphia Phillies are holding onto the final Wild Card spot in the National League, but they need to start playing better at home after dropping three of four at Citizens Bank Park over the weekend. Philadelphia is just 33-29 at home this season but has 13 of its next 19 games against visiting squads that are in either fourth or fifth place in their respective divisions.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard will try to get the Phillies off to a good start on Monday when he makes his fourth start for the club. Syndergaard is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts with Philadelphia after coming to the team in a trade-deadline deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
Overall, Syndergaard is 7-8 with a 3.95 ERA this season. He got a win against the Cincinnati Reds in his last start, going seven innings and allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking none.
Third baseman Alec Bohm was 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs in Sunday’s loss to the New York Mets. Bohm is batting .288 with 19 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 56 RBIs and 60 runs scored.
Reds vs Phillies Head-To-Head
The Philadelphia Phillies took two of three from the Cincinnati Reds when these two teams squared off last week, though the Reds did win the final game of the series. Cincinnati had the edge between the teams in 2021, winning four of the six meetings, going 2-1 both at home and on the road.
Last season was the first time since 2017 that Cincinnati had a winning record in Philadelphia, having lost its series there in 2018 and 2019 (the teams didn’t play in 2020). The MLB lines for Monday’s series opener are giving the Phillies the edge to come away with the victory.
Reds vs Phillies Game Information
- Game: Reds (48-71) vs Phillies (66-55)
- Location: Citizens Bank Park
- Day/Time: Monday, Aug 22, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Reds vs Phillies Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
L. Cessa -R
N. Syndergaard -R
Reds vs Phillies Predictions
The Cincinnati Reds have shown some life in recent weeks, though they’ll need to shut down a powerful offense of the Philadelphia Phillies to pick up some wins in this series. They might get some wins, but one won’t come Monday, as the Phillies start off on the right foot with a victory.