Our Reds really have their work cut out for them this week. The Cardinals come home from their west coast trip and the Reds head out on Thursday. In the meantime the Reds play the very talented Dodgers while the Cardinals get the Mariners at home. If we look at it further, the Reds will draw the Mariners two aces this weekend in Seattle (where the Mariners play much better) Cliff Lee and King Felix. The Mariners rotation is quite top heavy this year particularly after Doug Fister went on the DL. I'm sure their road record when Lee and Hernandez aren't pitching is pretty ugly while they are very formidable at home when they do have that duo on the mound.
Add to that the Phillips injury and I think it'll be a challenge for the Reds just to stay close to the Cards. If they can hold their own that's about all we can ask at this point. I fear we're looking at an ugly stretch. I'd love to be wrong.