The Cincinnati Reds face the Philadelphia Phillies today in the final game of their four game series, and they’ll need a win to wrap up that series victory. It also marks the final game of the Reds 10 game homestand to open the second half of the season, and the Reds also need a win to salvage a 5-5 record over that span (thanks largely to the lifeless sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates a week ago).
Luis Castillo will get the start for the Reds. Whether by design or by...well, I’m pretty danged certain it must be by design, as Castillo has only been allowed to throw more than 86 pitches in a start once over his previous 7 outings, in which time he owns a 4.29 ERA. Given the relatively short outings from the rest of his rotation mates over the last handful of games, I wonder if today’s a day where he’ll be tasked with getting a bit deeper into the game.
The Phillies will counter with Zach Eflin, who has been largely excellent in his 13 starts with the Phils since taking over a rotation spot at the start of May, pitching to a 3.41 ERA and 3.70 FIP across 71.1 IP.
First pitch is set for 1:10 PM ET.