Reds Weather Update: Time for series finale vs Phillies changed due to rain

Wednesday's Reds game will be a bit delayed.

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For those of you planning to sneak out of work early on Wednesday to watch the series finale between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies, you might want to rethink your afternoon plans.

The Reds-Phillies game, which was scheduled to be played 1:05 p.m. ET, will now take place at 4:05 p.m. ET due to rain in the forecast for the Philadelphia area. The Reds and Phillies were able to avoid any delays or cancellations on Tuesday night despite the bad weather.

Update (April 3 at 3:23 p.m. ET): The rescheduled start of the Reds-Phillies series finale has been delayed.

The Reds will be looking to rebound from Tuesday's 9-4 shellacking and take the series from the Phillies. Cincinnati won the opener on Monday thanks to a 10th-inning grand slam off the bat of Spencer Steer.

Reds Weather Update: Rain delay pushes back start time for series finale vs. Phillies

Cincinnati will send Frankie Montas to the hill, as the right-hander will be looking to win his second game of the season. Montas was the Reds Opening Day starter last week and performed quite well. Montas went six inning and struck out four batters without allowing a run. Reds manager David Bell will be looking for a similar performance on Wednesday afternoon.

Montas will be opposed by Phillies' ace Zack Wheeler. The right-hander signed a massive extension with the Phillies this offseason and his Opening Day performance proved why Wheeler is one of the top starting pitchers in the game. Much like Montas, Wheeler went six innings without allowing a run against a very talented Atlanta Braves squad.

The Reds bats were silenced on Tuesday night. While Graham Ashcraft turned in a fine performance on the mound, shaky defense and a breakout game from Bryce Harper put the Reds down 8-1 heading into the eighth inning. A late-game rally fell short and Cincinnati's record dropped to 3-2 on the season.

The Reds bullpen should be well-rested, and with an off-day on Thursday, Bell can afford to be more aggressive with his relievers on Wednesday afternoon. So set your game time alarms back by a couple of hours, and enjoy some Reds baseball before you sit down for dinner tonight. Hopefully Reds fans can celebrate the second series win of the 2024 season.

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