Brewers vs. Reds: RHP Kyle Lohse vs. RHP Daniel Corcino


After the Reds took the series opener on Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers will lock up once again on Wednesday evening with the Brewers’ playoff hopes now on life support.

Starting for the Milwaukee Brewers:

RHP Kyle Lohse – 12-9, 3.71 ERA, 189.1 IP, 1.19 WHIP, .252 OAV, 135 K

This season against the Reds:

May 4 (ND) – 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K

July 4 (L) – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 8 K

July 23 (W) – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K

September 12 (ND) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Career against the Reds:

6-5, 2.90 ERA, 19 GS, 118 IP, 1.18 WHIP, 74 K, 7 HR allowed

Stats to know about Lohse:

-Lohse has not been the same pitcher since the All-Star break. Having wrapped up the first half with nine wins and an ERA of 3.26, Lohse has won just three of his first 11 starts since mid-July and owns a 4.62 ERA.

-Similarly to the post All-Star break drop in production, he has been far less effective on the road in 2014 than at home in Miller Park. While his winning percentage is identical (4-3 at home, 8-6 on the road), his ERA (4.47 on the road, 2.72 at home) and WHIP (1.38 on the road, 0.96 at home) are drastically higher.

-In the month of August, Lohse racked up a 7.30 ERA over five starts, winning just one ball game. In his three September starts, he is still winless, posting an ERA at exactly four.

-Outside of the Houston Astros, there is no team in which Lohse has a lower ERA against in his career.

Here is the lineup he will face Wednesday night via the team’s Twitter account:

CF – Billy Hamilton (2-for-8, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K’s)

LF – Jason Bourgeois (yet to face Lohse)

3B – Todd Frazier (3-for-21, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K’s)

C – Devin Mesoraco (4-for-18, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB’s, 2 K’s)

2B – Brandon Phillips (10-for-41, 2 2B’s, 2 RBI, 4 BB’s, 3 K’s)

RF – Jay Bruce (12-for-42, 3 2B’s, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 BB’s, 9 K’s)

1B – Jack Hannahan (1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K)

SS – Zack Cozart (8-for-26, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB’s, 5 K’s)

P – Daniel Corcino (1-for-2)

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RHP – Daniel Corcino – 0-1, 4.40 ERA, 14.1 IP, 1.05 WHIP, .170 OAV, 13 K

This season against the Brewers:

September 12 (ND) – 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Career against the Brewers:

0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6 IP, 0.50 WHIP, 4 K, 0 HR allowed

Stats to know about Corcino:

-His last time out against Milwaukee was his Major League debut—one in which he did not look the least bit fazed. That start was on the road in Wisconsin, and on Wednesday night, he will make his first professional home start for the Reds.

-Corcino allowed 19 home runs in just 148.2 innings of work at Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville combined this season. That, coupled with a powerful Brewers lineup, and a ballpark that has certainly been known to play small, Corcino must keep his pitches down in the zone or he will be turning and jerking his head to watch the balls fly out of the park.

-At age 24, Corcino is no longer “in development” with his placement on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. In his very short stint with Cincinnati so far, he has shown a better arm than what his numbers have displayed, but if he wants to avoid spending his 25th birthday riding minor league buses next season, his final start of the year will have to be a good one.

Here is the lineup he will face on Wednesday night via the team’s Twitter account:

CF – Carlos Gomez (0-for-3, 1 K)

RF – Ryan Braun (1-for-2, 1 RBI,

C – Jonathan Lucroy (1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB)

3B – Aramis Ramirez (0-for-3)

LF – Gerardo Parra (0-for-2)

2B – Rickie Weeks (yet to face Corcino)

1B – Lyle Overbay (yet to face Corcino)

SS – Jean Segura (0-for-2, 1 K)

P – Kyle Lohse (0-for-2, 1 K)

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With their loss last evening, the Milwaukee Brewers have backed themselves into an impossible corner. They will now need to win out the remainder of their games, along with the San Francisco Giants losing the rest of theirs, just to force a one-game tiebreaker for the second Wild Card slot.

Even though the Redlegs are simply playing out their schedule, it will be a test for young Daniel Corcino to not only see how he does against a Major League club, but also one that has seen him before.

Tune in tonight at 7:10 p.m. as the Milwaukee Brewers (80-77) take on the Cincinnati Reds (73-84).