NEW YORK (WPIX)—Despite being the top scoring team in the National League, the Cincinnati Reds have struggled mightily against American League opponents this season.
The Reds are just 1-5 against the teams from the other league and have only scored 13 runs in the six games. Hopefully the Yankees can continue this trend.
This will not be a regular series for New York, however, as it is the first time they will be in Cincinnati since 2003 and the Reds players are waiting for them.
"I just play everybody like they're the same team. But some things just go on more when you play certain teams than others," Phillips said. "I'm happy to be playing the Yankees here. I think it's good for the fans, that's how I look at it.
The Yankees meanwhile have been able to find success despite suffering a string of injuries. Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes remain on the DL from the starting rotation. Yankee Captain Derek Jeter and Joba Chamberlain have also recently been sidelined with injuries as well. They come into the series 8-2 in their last ten games . Here are the Probable Pitchers:
June 20, 7:10 ET
Ivan Nova (6-4, 4.46 ERA) Nova won his last outing although he wasn't exceptional against the Rangers. The young righty gave up 4 runs in just under 6 innings.
Johnny Cueto (4-2, 1.68 ERA) Cueto has been the premier ace of this Reds staff all season. He gave up 1 unearned run in 7 innings in his last outing against the Dodgers. He has won 2 of his last 3 starts with an amazing 0.86 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
June 21, 7:10 PM ET
Brian Gordon (0-0, 3.86) Gordon is coming off a feel good start as he helped the Yankees win by giving up only 2 runs in 5 1/3 innings. A converted outfielder, it will be interesting to see how Gordon does batting.
Travis Wood (5-4, 5.11 ERA) Wood is coming off a pair of exceptional starts, recently limiting the Dodgers to 1 run of six innings.
June 22, 12:35 PM ET
Yankees Pitcher TBA
Mike Leake (6-3, 4.04) Leake only gave up 3 runs in his last outing against the Blue Jays but his offense didn't pick him up as he took his first loss since May 11.