Oh Junior, won’t you come out and start a game? The Phillies-Reds series continue.

While waiting to see if Junior will be well enough to start tonight, the Phillies (35-25) will play the Reds (28-31, 5th National League Central) in the third game of their four games set. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Brett Myers (3-6, 5.52) will be the Phillies’ starter and is coming off of a very good outing, as he would get his first win since April 17, pitching against the Marlins on May 30. Myers would go eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits, while striking out eleven, in the Phils’ 12-3 win. He will be trying to do better against the Reds then he did during his first start against them back on April 6, as he took the lost while pitching only five innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 8-2 lost. Myers hopes to improve on his last start, while trying to help the team continue their winning ways. He will be opposed by Edinson Volquez (7-2, 1.46), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Braves on May 30, as he would pitch six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits, in the Reds’ 3-2 win. He was Myers’ opponent on April 6, getting the win as he would go five and one thirds innings, giving up only one earned run on five scattered hits, in the Reds’ victory. He will be trying to stop the bleeding while hoping that he won’t become another casualty of the Phillies’ offense.

The Phillies presently have a two and a half games lead over the presently swooning Marlins, who continue their four games set with the Braves. The Braves are now three and a half games behind the Phillies, as they beat up on the fish. The Mets, with their victory over the Giants, stay four and a half games back as they prepare to end their three games series with the Giants. The Phillies will try to win for the ninth time in their last ten games, while increasing their lead against their rivals in the Eastern Division.

The Phillies are presently 7-1 in the home stand, preparing for a possible sweep of the Reds, while wondering if Ken Griffey, Jr. will appear at least once in the Reds’ starting lineup.

It is raining at the moment. I have no idea whether it will stick around Philadelphia long enough to get the game cancelled.

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