Off a 3-for-4 game in the series finale against the Brewers, Domonic Brown and the Phillies face the Cincinnati Reds in a four-game series. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
As the season winds down, it's easier to separate the men from the boys and contenders from pretenders.
The Reds fit both of the former descriptions.
Cincinnati has been a revived team after missing the playoffs in 2011 following their first division title since 1995. They are the next team on the Phillies' schedule.
The Reds come with a dominant pitching core and excellent offense. Leading the way, especially in the absence of former MVP Joey Votto, who is out with injury, is Jay Bruce.
With several other rising stars in All-Star regular Brandon Phillips, Drew Stubbs, Zach Cozart and two high-class rookies in Todd Frazier and Xavier Paul, as well as contributions for veterans Ryan Hanigan and Ryan Ludwick, the Reds feature tough outs from top to bottom.
Their pitching is even better. At the back end of the ...