Staff ace Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.47) takes on Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.76) this afternoon in a 4:05 start time with the game getting the national FOX treatment.
The Fightins will look to keep up their tradition of pounding the Reds at Citizens Bank Park. According to Elias, The Reds are now 11-23 (.324) all-time at Citizens Bank Park, which is their 2nd-lowest winning percentage at any venue where they have played at least 20 games. Pretty solid defending of the home turf.
Kendrick is coming off a real good start out in Arizona where he did not get a decision despite tossing 7.0 strong and allowing only 2 runs on six hits. The Phils won that one in extras. His numbers against the Reds over his last three starts against them have been fantastic: Has allowed just 3 ER in his last 3 starts combined vs CIN (0-1, 1.37 ERA, 19.2 IP).
KK hasn't allowed a walk in his last 20 innings overall dating back to May 2nd.
The Phillies have had quite a bit of success against Arroyo over the years, with the right-hander managing only a 3-7 record against the Fightins to the tune of a 6.0 ERA. It gets even worse for him when he pitches at CBP, where the Phils knocked him around for a .348 average and 9.60 ERA over three starts.
4:05 start time with the game getting the national broadcast treatment on FOX.
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It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but the Eagles have added a safety to their roster.
They claimed Trae Elston off waivers from the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, a day after the Bills released him.
The Eagles were in desperate need of some depth at safety after hamstring injuries have ripped apart their secondary. Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins all missed Wednesday's practice with hamstring injuries and are in danger of sitting this Sunday against the Giants. Cornerback Ronald Darby (ankle) will also still be out for a few more weeks.
The Eagles had just two safeties healthy Wednesday: Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos.
It won't be easy for Elston to come in and pick up the defense in time to play. Jenkins said if the team brought in a new player, that guy would probably be used more in a special teams role or in an emergency situation. The Eagles also have linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who can play safety, and Jenkins thinks the Eagles' cornerbacks have the ability to slide back too.
Elston, 23, went undrafted out of Ole Miss last year. He has bounced around from the Saints to the Bucs to the Browns and then to the Bills. He spent all of training camp with the Bills and made their initial roster out of training camp before getting waived on Tuesday.
Since the Eagles had just 52 players as of Wednesday, they won't need to make a corresponding roster move. They got down to 52 last Friday when they placed rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey on IR.