Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds
Tip-off: Monday, April 15, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Philadelphia: Lee (2-0, 1.08 ERA)
- Cincinnati: Arroyo (1-1, 5.25 ERA)
The Philadelphia Phillies had a slow start but now online sports betting experts consider they are likely to hit their stride as they open a three-game road series versus the slumping Cincinnati Reds.
Tonight Philadelphia will try for their fifth victory in six games when Cliff Lee starts hoping to hand Cincinnati a sixth straight defeat.
Roy Halladay tossed eight strong innings to earn his 200th career win and Laynce Nix broke a tie with his second pinch-hit homer in a 2-1 victory versus the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Philadelphia’s pitching staff has a 1.79 ERA over 45 1/3 innings during the team’s 4-1 stretch.
The Phillies (6-6) will count on Lee as the team tries to win for the eighth time in nine trips to Great American Ball Park dating back to Game 3 of the 2010 NL division series. Philadelphia has outscored the Reds 34-12 in the last eight there.
Lee (2-0, 1.08 ERA) has impressed YouWager experts with a strong start, striking out 14 without a walk over 16 2/3 innings in his first two outings. The 34 year-old has allowed two earned runs and came within one out of a complete game in an 8-3 win against the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Lee has also done a great job when facing the Reds, going 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA over his last four starts.
The Arkansas native will meet a Cincinnati team that looked as though they might snap its slide Sunday with a five-run, seventh-inning lead versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
However Pittsburgh managed to score four in the seventh and six in the eighth, rallying for a 10-7 victory. Another loss tonight would give the Red their longest skid since a six-game slide May 18-23, 2011.
Cincinnati (5-7) is looking forward to providing some run support for starter Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 5.25), who retired his first 15 batters before giving up four runs in the sixth inning on the way to a 5-1 defeat versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
The righty is 1-6 with an 8.50 ERA and has surrendered 13 home runs in his last seven regular-season starts versus Philadelphia, but that victory came Aug 22 at Philly. Arroyo allowed only a Domonic Brown homer and two other hits over eight innings in that 3-2 win.
Philadelphia took four of seven from Cincinnati last MLB season.