Coming off a very nice four win two loss home stand, the Cincinnati Reds hit the road for the final week of the season before the All Star break.
In this home stand, we saw a no-hitter, a sweep of the defending world champion San Fransisco Giants, and even got some pizza… Pretty good, right?
Most importantly, some ground was gained on the division leading Pittsburgh Pirates.
Now, the Reds will play a team competing to be at the bottom of the National League Central, the Milwaukee Brewers.
Monday : Homer Bailey (5-6, 3.57 ERA, 111K) vs. Kyle Lohse (4-6, 3.43 ERA, 66K)
Tuesday: Tony Cingrani (3-0, 3.40 ERA, 62K) vs. Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.27 ERA, 56K)
Wednesday: Mike Leake (7-4, 2.73 ERA, 69K) vs. Johnny Hellweg (0-2, 12.79ERA, 2K)
When you think of the Milwaukee Brewers, the names that normally come to mind are more than likely Ryan Braun and Corey Hart, right? Well, this year, Hart is yet to see action and Braun is currently collecting splinters on the disabled list.
Although, the Brewers (35-52) have seen some solid action from Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez. Segura and Gomez both are representing the Brewers on the National League All Star team, but other than that, they haven’t exactly been the 2011 NL Central champion Brewers.
This year, the Reds are 5-1 against the Brewers, including three victories by four runs or more. Worth noting in their matchups this year, Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon has had quite the year against the Brewers.
Simon is currently 2-0 with a save against the Brewers. Simon has thrown six shutout innings against Milwaukee along with nine strikeouts, needless to say, he’s owned the Brew Crew.
On the hitting side, Jay Bruce has really enjoyed facing Milwaukee this season. Bruce is hitting .360 (9/25) with three home runs, five rbi, and five runs this season against Milwaukee.
Going into the All Star break, the Reds Bullpen seems to be getting back on track of late, and these games are fairly important before a tough four-game stretch against the Atlanta Braves in Turner Field.
Lets go for a sweep, and a few brews afterwards, guys! (see what I did there?)