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Preview: Reds (8-10) at Rockies (10-10)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Coors Field
Date: September 01, 2013 4:10 PM EDT
  

Brandon Phillips is on a tear, and that may only continue against the Colorado Rockies.

The Cincinnati Reds may be hoping he can keep it up beyond that in order to further tighten the NL Central race.

With another important series against St. Louis looming, the visiting Reds could use another impressive performance from Phillips in order to beat the Rockies again in Sunday's finale.

Phillips is 7 for 14 over his last three games with a homer, two doubles, a triple and four RBIs.

He turned in his best performance of that stretch in Saturday's 8-3 win at Colorado, becoming the first Red to come a single shy of the cycle since Adam Dunn on May 10, 2007.

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"It would have been nice to get it done," Phillips said of possibly hitting for the cycle for the first time.

Cincinnati (76-60) could use another strong performance from the All-Star second baseman before returning home to open a four-game series with the Cardinals.

The Reds dropped two of three at St. Louis before arriving in Denver.

Cincinnati is 2 1/2 games back of second-place St. Louis, and 3 1/2 behind division-leading Pittsburgh. However, the Reds have a six-game cushion on Arizona for the NL's second wild-card spot.

Phillips will try to help them close those gaps Sunday, and he's 15 for 31 (.484) with seven extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and nine runs over his last eight meetings with the Rockies.

A big day at the plate may be important with Mike Leake (11-5, 3.27 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.44 ERA over his last five starts, and that includes surrendering nine runs in 11 1-3 innings in two road outings.

Leake had a 1.94 ERA to go with his 7-1 record over his previous 12 away starts. He was hit hard Monday at St. Louis, giving up five runs in 6 1-3 innings of an 8-6 loss.

Leake will now make his first appearance at Coors Field. He's 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts versus the Rockies.

Colorado (64-73) will counter with Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15), who will make his return from right elbow inflammation.

The right-hander has been out since the worst outing of his career July 31 at Atlanta, when he gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings of a 9-0 loss.

He was impressive in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, yielding one run in 5 1-3 innings.

"Chatty seems ready to roll on Sunday," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website.

He lost his only career meeting with Cincinnati on June 3, allowing one run in four innings of a 3-0 defeat.

Todd Helton went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Saturday after hitting two homers to match his career high of six RBIs in the series opener.

He's 3 for 4 versus Leake, while Troy Tulowitzki is 3 for 6 with a homer.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Reds at Rockies
Fri, Aug 30 Final 6 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Reds at Rockies
Sat, Aug 31 Final 8 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Reds at Rockies
Sun, Sep 1 Final 4 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CIN  -120   +125   10 
 COL  +110   -145   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CIN  -124   +125   10 
 COL  +114   -145   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CIN  68%   69%   38% 
 COL  32%   31%   62% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 8 Cover: +100 
 COL 3 Over: 11 
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 Aug 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 6 Over: 15 
 COL 9 Cover: +125 
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 Jun 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 12 Cover: +143 
 CIN 4 Over: 16 
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 Jun 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 5 Cover: +155 
 CIN 4 Over: 9 
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 Jun 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 0 Under: 3 
 CIN 3 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CIN 4 Cover: +100 
 COL 3 Over: 7 
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 Mar 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 COL 5 Cover: +125 
 CIN 1 Over: 6 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Sep 1
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Angels at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Mariners at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Twins at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Braves
5:00 PM EDT
    Mets at Nationals
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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