Mike Leake wasn't too sharp the last time the Cincinnati Reds faced the Philadelphia Phillies, and the result was a historic defeat.
But if Leake has the same stuff as he did in his last start, the result could be a lot different this time.
The NL Central-leading Reds will try to end a six-game losing streak to the Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia as these teams square off for the first time this season.
The last meeting saw Leake take the loss as he was tagged for four runs in six innings of a 6-4 defeat Sept. 1. That marked the first time the Reds had been swept by Philadelphia in a four-game home series since 1916.
Cincinnati (74-48) has lost 15 of 19 in Philadelphia (56-65), dropping three of four in their last series there May 23-26, 2011.
"That's probably been our toughest spot to play in the last couple of years - or them, period," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official website before Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.