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Reds vs. Phillies, Game 3: Preview/Predictions Thread

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds

vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Thursday, April 7, 2016
12:35 PM

Robert Stephenson v. Charlie Morton

Who would have thought that we could already be going for a sweep?

Day game today, so get you and your brooms down to the ballyard early. The Reds will look to build on the momentum of the first two games in the series, both pitchers duels with exciting endings. Let's hope the Reds can pull out a win today in the same manner.

Adding to the excitement is the debut of Robert Stephenson, the Reds' top pitching prospect since basically forever. It's been a while since the Reds have had a top pitching prospect debut, so this should be pretty great to see. If his career ends up being as great as the last Reds pitcher to make his major league debut starting the Thursday day game of the opening week, I think we'll be just fine.

He'll face old foe Charlie Morton, who must be comfortable making his Phillies debut against a NL Central team. Morton's made 9 career starts at GABP, more than any other stadium that wasn't his home stadium. He's 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA there, and has only given up 5 dingers in those 9 starts, so he's concerning himself with keeping the ball in the ballpark.

Another game where weather could be a factor, but we got lucky last night, so who knows.

Go Reds! They're my favorite broomstick-wielding team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6 5 day totals
J.J. Hoover

1.0, 17p

1.0 IP, 17 pitches
Tony Cingrani

0.1, 9p

0.1 IP, 9 pitches
Jumbo Diaz

1.1, 13p

1.1 IP, 13 pitches
Caleb Cotham

2.0, 22p 2.0 IP, 22 pitches
Ross Ohlendorf

0.1, 5p

0.1 IP, 5 pitches
Blake Wood

1.0, 15p 1.0 IP, 15 pitches
Keyvius Sampson

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Dan Straily

0.0 IP, 0 pitches