Reds vs. Brewers: Pitching preview, prediction, and more

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JULY 11: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after being hit by a pitch as Omar Narvaez #10 steps in front of him against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Reds defeated the Brewers 3-1. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JULY 11: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after being hit by a pitch as Omar Narvaez #10 steps in front of him against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on July 11, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Reds defeated the Brewers 3-1. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen (21) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen (21) throws a pitch. /

A healthier Reds squad looks to make a second-half charge.

It just wouldn’t be the 2021 season without someone landing on the IL. Unfortunately, even during the All-Star break, the Reds couldn’t avoid placing another player on the shelf as reliever Art Warren will be sidelined for a minimum of 10 days with a left oblique strain.

However, reinforcements are standing by. All signs point to right-hander Michael Lorenzen making his 2021 season debut this weekend. The return of Mikey Bicepts cannot come soon enough.

Due to injuries besetting relievers Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims, manager David Bell has been a magician over the past several weeks mixing and matching Brad Brach, Amir Garrett, Heath Hembree, and Josh Osich to keep the Reds within striking distance of the division lead.

With Lorenzen set to return and as well as Jeff Hoffman, Bell will have two fresh arms at his disposal. Even though the Reds bullpen may not strike fear in opponents, it will be better in the second half as a return to health helps address one of the team’s biggest weaknesses.

Prediction

It’s been several years since the Cincinnati Reds played such an important series following the All-Star break. This is an opportunity for them to make a statement and send a clear signal to the Brewers and the entire National League they cannot be dismissed.

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Look for the Reds to take two of three from Milwaukee this weekend as they inch closer to taking over the top spot in the Central division with the NL East division leader New York Mets coming to town Monday for another July showdown at GABP.