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1* Cincinnati (7:05 ET): These are two teams trending in opposite directions right now, and with Johnny Cueto set to return for the Reds, they should have no problem winning their fourth straight game. After being swept by the Mets & Rockies their last two series, the Phillies are starting to look every bit as bad as we'd thought they'd be.
Cueto has missed his last two turns in the rotation due to elbow inflammation. That's a concern, but just a minor one, as he couldn't have asked for a better opponent to face in his return. The Phillies are averaging just 1.7 rpg while batting a collective .210 during their seven-game losing skid & could manage only four runs total this past weekend against the woeful Rockies' pitching staff. They've scored the fewest runs in all of MLB - by a mile - and thus have the worst run differential as well (-73).
Cueto should also look for support from his offense, which has homered seven times in the last four games and just scored 21 runs total in a surprising sweep of Washington over the weekend. That's all bad news for Philly starter Sean O'Sullivan, who in his last start gave up seven run on 11 hits, four of them via home runs. The team has lost five of his six starts this season. 1* Cincinnati
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