The Reds have made a push to get back into the National League playoff race, going 24-13 since the start of June to pull within a couple games of the Central-leading Brewers.

That streak of good play has survived a big slump from Jay Bruce and an injury to Joey Votto. Now, the challenge is to survive six weeks without Brandon Phillips.

Bailey, of course, is starting pitcher Homer Bailey, who had to leave a game early with a knee issue, and Billy Hamilton left one with a tight hamstring. Both seem to be OK, but apparently, a plague of locusts might be next for Cincinnati.