Citizens Bank Park will play host to a Monday night MLB clash between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Reds (48-71) are 13 games below .500 on the road and have their sights set on the future. On Sunday, Cincinnati DH Jake Fraley homered and scored four times during a 9-5 road triumph against Cincinnati. You can find all of your MLB picks and see what we think of each game.
Thirty year old right-hander Luis Cessa (3-1 5.50 ERA) will make his second start of the season for the Reds. Cessa, who has pitched primarily out of the bullpen, owns a subpar 1.46 WHIP through 37 plus frames.
The Philadelphia Phillies have dropped six of their last ten games and hold a 1.5 game lead over Milwaukee in the race for the final NL Wild Card spot. On Sunday, Philadelphia was unable to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning of a 10-9 home loss versus New York. 3B Alec Bohm homered twice and drove in six runs in a losing effort for the Phillies (66-55).
The Phillies will turn to hard-throwing righty Noah Syndergaard (7-8 3.95 ERA) in the series opener. Philadelphia has won all three of Syndergaard’s starts and he has allowed nine runs in 18 innings.