It was a historic opening month, Reds Country. Granted, not the kind of history to be proud of, but historic, nonetheless. The Cincinnati Reds (3-19) are off to their worst start in franchise history and trail the first-place Milwaukee Brewers by 11.5 games in the National League Central.
After snapping an 11-game losing streak, the Redlegs started a new slide last week following sweeps administered by the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies. Losers of 17 of the last 18 contests, it's nearly impossible to imagine things getting much worse.
The division-leading Brewers (15-8) are not having such problems. Winners of seven of their last 10 games, Milwaukee is a game and a half clear of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
The Reds visit the Brewers having lost 17 of their last 18 games.
Additionally, the Brew Crew are at their best against right-handed pitching this year. Entering play today, the Brewers are 11-3 against righties and they'll see three more this week at American Family Field.
The Brewers' Willy Adames enters the series as the reigning Player of the Week in the National League. The Beer Makers shortstop blasted four homers while hitting .310 with a 1.203 OPS to secure the honor.
However, the Milwaukee offense has hardly been impressive this season. As a team, they are slashing an anemic .218/.291/.369 and only the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves have whiffed more the Brew Crew.
Much like last year, Milwaukee's success is predicated on excellent pitching. Brewers' hurlers rank third in the senior circuit with a 3.01 ERA while leading the league with 234 K's as play began Monday. Incredibly, closer Josh Hader already has 10 saves through the first month of the 2022 campaign.
Interestingly, the Reds feasted in the land of sausages and Miller beer last year. Cincinnati was 7-3 versus the Brew Crew at American Family Field during the 2021 season. Let's hope history repeats itself.