Aug 7, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (left) is congratulated by manager Dusty Baker (right) during a game against the Oakland Athletics at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Series Preview: Reds vs. Padres

A strange week in the old MLB schedule gave the Reds two days off. But while they were on the field, they made a little noise by taking a two game sweep over the Oakland Athletics.

Now, the Reds take on a weekend series against the San Diego Padres. The last time these two faced in San Diego, the Friars took two of three from the Reds. Now, the Reds have revenge on their minds.

Friday: Bronson Arroyo (9-9, 3.62 ERA) vs. Andrew Cashner (8-5, 3.80 ERA)
Saturday: Tony Cingrani (5-1, 3.05 ERA) vs. Tyson Ross (2-5, 2.91 ERA)
Sunday: Mike Leake (10-5, 2.94 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (4-8, 5.14 ERA)

San Diego is where it seemed that Todd Frazier started his woeful “o-fer” streak, and here’s to hopes that it ends against the Padres. Frazier was moved into the two spot for Wednesday’s game against the A’s in hopes to get him going. Interesting to see how Dusty moves around the lineup this weekend.

San Diego for the most part, hasn’t been that great this year. Currently the Padres stand at 52-62, 12 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reds starter Mike Leake looks to rebound in this Sunday’s start against newly acquired Ian Kennedy. Leake vs. St. Louis last Sunday threw 5+ innings with seven earned runs on eight hits. Leake will have seven days rest going into the final game between these two.

Overall, Jay Bruce brought a hot bat to the two home games vs. Oakland and looks to keep it going.

Bruce in the two games vs. the A’s went only had two hits, but both were home runs and had three RBI attached to them as well.

Also important to note that the Reds will be getting catcher Ryan Hanigan back this weekend, and Ryan Ludwick‘s rehab time is scheduled to run up on Sunday.

The Reds overall had 18 hits in the past two games, time to keep the bats rolling!

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