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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Previewing the pitching matchup: Reds vs. Phillies

Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Cessa vs. Philadelphia Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard

The Cincinnati Reds will send reliever Luis Cessa (3-1 5.50 ERA) to the mound tonight to battle former New York Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (7-8 3.95 ERA). Cessa will be making just his second start of the 2022 season after T.J. Zeuch was optioned to Triple-A last week.

Cessa has had a season to forget. After acquiring the right-hander from the New York Yankees at last year's trade deadline, Cessa was one of David Bell's best relievers in 2021. The success, however, did not carry over to 2022. Cessa has allowed 15 walks in 37.2 innings of work after issuing only two free passes in 26.1 innings of relief in 2021.

Noah Syndergaard was ducking his former teammates again after gaining an extra day of rest. It was the second time this season that Syndergaard has missed the opportunity to face the New York Mets. But the right-hander handled his business versus the Reds during his last start. Syndergaard went seven innings and allowed just three runs while striking out six.

Neither manager has set his rotation beyond Monday's series opener, but if the rotation holds, Reds fans will likely see Nick Lodolo take the mound on Tuesday, Graham Ashcraft head to the hill on Wednesday, and Justin Dunn get the ball on Thursday.

As for the Philadelphia Phillies, look for Ranger Suarez, Aaron Nola, and perhaps Zack Wheeler to toe the rubber over the next few days. Kyle Gibson, who struck out 11 Reds batters in the win last Tuesday at Great American Ball Park, just pitched on Sunday versus the Mets.