Better yet, the Phillies are winning games against Arizona, San Francisco, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Those teams are in first or second place in its divisions.
In looking to make it two staright against the Reds (25-17, second place in NL Central), the Phillies will send their "ace," Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.47), to the mound. Kendrick turned in his second-best performance of the season against the Reds on April 16 when he allowed just two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings.
Not-so surprisngly, that April 16 game in Cincinnati ended up as a 1-0 loss.
Here's how the Phillies will face the Reds on Saturday afternoon:
1.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
2.) Chase Utley, 2b
3.) Michael Young, 3b
4.) Ryan Howard, 1b
5.) Delmon Young, rf
6.) Dom Brown, lf
7.) John Mayberry, cf
8.) Erik Kratz, c
9.) Kyle Kendrick, p
Manager Charlie Manuel has effectively split up the lefties in this order and has center fielder Ben Revere on the bench for the fourth game in a row. Perhaps because Revere hasn't had a hit since May 11 and is 0 for 4 in his career against Reds' hurler, Bronson Arroyo, another day riding the pines might not be a bad idea.