NLDS Game 2 Preview: Reds at Phillies

A quick look at Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.


The Reds take the field in Philadelphia tonight still looking for their first hit of this postseason. Cincinnati's 27 consecutive hitless at-bats in a postseason series is the second longest streak in franchise history. The Reds went 35 consecutive at-bats without a hit (spanning Games 1 and 2) in the 1939 World Series against the Yankees' Red Ruffing and Monte Pearson; that streak is the longest for any team in any postseason series in major-league history.

Roy Oswalt


Dating back to the regular season, the Reds have not scored in their last 30 innings at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds have now lost 7 straight road games at Philadelphia. They will look to snap that streak against Roy Oswalt, one of the National League's hottest pitchers. Several Cincinnati hitters have had success against Oswalt in their careers: Laynce Nix (9-17, 2 HR), Ramon Hernandez (5-11, HR) and MVP candidate Joey Votto (10-30, 2 HR).


Roy Oswalt Career vs Reds

Oswalt is 23-3 (.885) in his career against the Reds in the regular season, and his winning percentage is highest among active pitchers with at least 15 decisions against a particular opponent. The Yankees' CC Sabathia is next on the list with a 14-2 record (.875) against the Orioles. Meanwhile, Bronson Arroyo is 1-5 against the Phillies in the regular season with a 5.54 ERA, his highest earned run average against any National League team.

The Reds counter with Bronson Arroyo, who enters with a 7.41 career postseason ERA. Of the 462 pitchers to throw at least 15 postseason innings in their careers, Arroyo's ERA ranks ninth worst. One matchup to watch is when Arroyo faces Ryan Howard, how has two hits and four strikeouts in six career at-bats against the righty.

Umpire Bruce Dreckman will have the plate in Game 2, and both pitchers have pitched well in their careers with Dreckman calling balls and strikes. In five starts, Oswalt has a 2.30 ERA and 29 K vs three BB, but no wins to show for it. Arroyo has four starts, and is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA, 20 K and 8 BB.