Y’all remember that last homestand, right? The one where the Cincinnati Reds got blasted in 6 of 7 games, including the complete obliteration by San Francisco?
Well, that’s one of the reasons why they’re buried in the standings at the moment, a full 6.0 games out of 1st place in the NL Central. The most recent .500 road trip held that water, at least, but taking care of business at home against teams you’d hope they could trounce is the only way they’re ever going to dig themselves out of this hole, and one of those opportunities again presents itself today.
The Reds play host to the Philadelphia Phillies today, and will do so with them still without Bryce Harper. They’re also facing the Phillies this series while avoiding ace Zack Wheeler, who isn’t scheduled to pitch in this series. Like the Reds, the Phils have slumped to a sub-.500 record and have been often missing key pieces, as JT Realmuto was just activated of the IL, too. A matchup like this, at home, with Wade Miley on the bump today and healthy again is precisely how the Reds, if they are ever going to, will not finish mired in the middle or bottom of a crappy division.
If ever it’s gonna happen, it’s gotta start happening now. So, naturally that means the Reds are going to rest Jesse Winker today and sport a middle-infield of Max Schrock and Kyle Farmer. The AristoReds!
First pitch is set for 2:10 PM ET. Find a way to enjoy this one.