Even on a team with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick has been the man in Philadelphia's rotation for most of the season.
Since allowing five runs and taking the loss in his first start of 2013, the 28-year-old right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA. He has gone seven innings in each of last three starts, and before that tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout against the Mets.
On Saturday, Kendrick will take his hot streak and put it on the line when he faces a Cincinnati team playing its best ball of the season.
Even after having their season-high six-game winning streak ended Friday, the Reds have won seven of their last nine games. Cincinnati ended Friday's game ranked third in the National League in runs scored (72) this month, and before Friday the Reds had not scored fewer than four runs in a game since May 8.
Jay Bruce has led the charge as of late, including going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday. He has registered a hit in 12 of his 13 games this month, and he is batting .394 with three home runs and 10 RBIs on his current eight-game hitting streak.
To top it off, Bruce is 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers against Kendrick in his career.
The Phillies, though, have full confidence in Kendrick when he takes the mound.
"It seems like every game, he definitely gives us a chance to win," Chase Utley said. "He's staying composed, he's getting out of big jams, he's making good pitches definitely when he needs to."
To counter, Reds manager Dusty Baker will send Bronson Arroyo to the hill. Arroyo won his last two outings against the Phillies but lost his six previous meetings.
Arroyo, however, is coming off one of his best starts, where he shut out the Brewers on five hits through 6 2/3 innings. After the game, Arroyo said he was not feeling well, but he did not expect it to be a lingering issue.
"I was laboring every inning," Arroyo said. "It probably didn't look like that. After the sixth, I told them those 65 pitches felt like 90 and to just be aware of that to have somebody ready to go."
Reds: Frazier looks to bust out of slump
Todd Frazier failed to record a hit for the fourth straight game Friday night. Road struggles are not a new issue for Frazier this season, but he enters Saturday's game in a career-worst 0-for-19 slump.
A New Jersey native, Frazier has a chance to break out of his slump close to home, either in Philadelphia or New York.
"I like playing in front of my family and friends," Frazier said. "Everybody loves it except my mom -- she's a nervous Nelly all the time. It's good to be close to home."
Phillies: Team shuffles around bullpen
The Phillies called up B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday while sending down Raul Valdes to make room. Rosenberg was not expecting the promotion, but he said he was excited to get the news.
With Philadelphia hoping to shore up the middle of its bullpen and with setup man Mike Adams day to day with a mild back strain, the Phillies can use the 27-year-old right-hander, who pitched briefly for the big league club last year and finished the season strong.
"Most of our middle relievers have not been very good, so we'll see whether Rosey can come in," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "The last time, he threw pretty good. He's stretched out, so he can go long."
• Brandon Phillips enters Saturday tied with Joe Morgan for most doubles (220) by a Reds second baseman.
• The Phillies are 16-5 in their last 21 games against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park after Friday's win.