Resurgent Mike Moustakas and the Reds look for revenge vs. Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas (9) rounds the bases.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Mike Moustakas (9) rounds the bases. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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After taking two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds (48-71) head east to battle the Philadelphia Phillies (65-55). Cincinnati will be looking for revenge after the Phillies took two of three from the Redlegs while visiting the Queen City last week.

The Reds and Phillies are going in two different directions. Cincinnati is in the midst of a full-on rebuild, while Philadelphia is in contention for the playoffs. The Phillies maintain the final Wild Card spot at the moment with a slim lead over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Both the Reds and Phillies are 4-6 in that last 10 games. With both the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves battling it out for supremacy in the National League East, Philadelphia's only shot at make the postseason appears to be via the Wild Card.

The Reds and Phillies meet for 4 games at Citizens Bank Park.

A visit from the Reds would seem to be just what the doctor ordered for Rob Thomson and the Phillies. The Phils outscored the Reds 15-8 during the visit to Great American Ball Park last week and the injury bug has bitten Cincinnati once again.

Joey Votto is now out for the season and with so many starters on the IL, Cincinnati will be forced to send Luis Cessa to the mound for only his second start of the 2022 season. The right-hander was an opener early this year during the Reds visit to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Old friend Nick Casellanos will be in the Phillies lineup this week, but Bryce Harper is still on the IL. Last year's MVP has been nursing a thumb injury, and while a rehab assignment is within reach, the Reds will not have to tangle with Harper during their visit to Citizens Bank Park this week. Let's check out the upcoming pitching matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.