The Phillies will attempt to put a stop to their season-long six-game losing streak tonight in Cincinnati.
On one hand you have Cole Hamels facing the Reds, a team he has fantastic numbers against throughout his career. Check the notes: including the postseason, Hamels is 9-0, 1.49 ERA (14 ER, 84.2 IP) in 12 career starts against the Reds and the Phils have won 12 of those starts vs Cincy.
On the other, the lackluster, no good, very bad Phillies offense will have to face Johnny Cueto who has the best ERA in all of baseball.
Corey Seidman writes the words that could depress you in his game preview for CSN:
The Phillies take on Johnny Cueto, who is 5-4 with a major-league best 1.68 ERA. He also leads the NL in WHIP (0.76) and complete games (three). Cueto ranks second in innings (91) and strikeouts (92).
Cueto's opponents have hit .151 this season. Great American Ball Park is a tough place to pitch, and yet his ERA there is 1.31.
It's just been complete dominance from Cueto, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of 12 starts.
The good news is that it's Friday and it's sunny outside and you can drink outside.
Jimmy Rollins had some strong words following yesterday's loss about this whole thing just getting a bit out of control:
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