Even though some familiar faces are playing elsewhere, the Cincinnati Reds (42-62) have been impressive to open the second half of the 2022 campaign. After taking two of three from the Miami Marlins, the Redlegs are 8-5 since the Midsummer Classic and are just a half-game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for third place in the National League Central.
Quality starting pitching has been the key to Cincinnati's success post-All-Star break. Granted, the recently departed Luis Castillo and Tyler Mahle were instrumental in those exceptional starts, but the staff as a whole has been equally impressive.
Over their last 13 contests, the Reds' starting rotation is an astounding 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA and 80 K's in 77.2 innings. Additionally, Cincinnati has received quality starts from five of the six starters to toe the rubber following the All-Star break.
Can the Reds keep the wins coming as they visit the Brewers?
The Cincinnati Reds will need all that and more as they enter American Family Field to battle a reeling Milwaukee Brewers (57-48) ball club. Remarkably, the Beer Makers are returning home after being swept in a three-game set in Pittsburgh and have dropped four in a row overall.
However, the Reds weren't the only team busy at the trade deadline as the Brewers sent shock waves through the land of barley and bratwurst by sending four-time All-Star closer Josh Hader to, who else, the San Diego Padres. But Milwaukee fans shouldn't shed too many tears because the bullpen remains a strength even without Hader at the back end.
Right-hander Devin Williams has compiled a microscopic 1.77 ERA with a bewildering 66 punchouts in just 40.2 frames. In addition, they acquired southpaw Taylor Rogers from San Diego in the Hader deal, who recorded an eye-popping 28 saves for the Friars.
This will be Cincinnati's second of three trips to the Cream City this season. Milwaukee obliterated Reds' pitching during their first visit in May, sweeping the three-game set and outscoring the Redlegs by an embarrassing 34-12 margin.