Previewing the pitching matchups: Reds vs. Brewers
Cincinnati Reds starter Robert Dugger vs. Milwaukee Brewers starter Eric Lauer
Robert Dugger (0-0 4.50 ERA) will make his third appearance as a member of the Cincinnati Reds this evening opposing Eric Lauer (7-3 3.75 ERA) for the Milwaukee Brewers. Reds Country can only hope this outing resembles the results Dugger achieved when he was last with the big league club.
Tossing 3.2 innings of shutout baseball out of the bullpen, the right-hander was magnificent in a July 7th win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Selected off waivers on May 4th from the Tampa Bay Rays, Dugger is seeking his first MLB victory in what will be his 27th major league appearance.
Don't be surprised to see the Reds play a little long ball versus Eric Lauer tonight. The Milwaukee southpaw has allowed 20 round-trippers in 105.2 frames this season. In a June 17th start at Great American Ball Park, he was taken deep three times in an eventual 5-4 Brewers victory.
Cincinnati Reds starter Nick Lodolo vs. Milwaukee Brewers starter Aaron Ashby
Rookie Nick Lodolo (3-3 4.23 ERA) toes the rubber Saturday night as Aaron Ashby (2-9 4.13 ERA) receives the nod for Craig Counsell's club. It's ok to be excited Reds Country because Lodolo has been sensational in his last two starts.
Allowing one earned run in a dozen innings, the southpaw has whiffed 16 while only yielding nine hits. Over his last 34.1 frames, Lodolo has fanned a whopping 50 and surrendered just three homers. That will do, Nick. That will do.
Believe it or not, Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell should be cautious about loading his lineup card with right-handed bats against southpaw Aaron Ashby. Lefties are slashing .269/.364/.418 versus the 24-year-old Missouri native with two home runs in 67 at-bats.
Cincinnati Reds starter Hunter Greene vs. Milwaukee Brewers starter Corbin Burnes
Sunday's matinee series finale will feature Hunter Greene (4-12 5.26 ERA) battling 2021 Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes (8-5 2.49 ERA) for the Beer Makers. As good as Nick Lodolo has been in his last couple of appearances, Greene has been equally as impressive.
Hurling 12.1 frames, the flame-throwing right-hander has allowed two runs while recording 14 punch outs against only one free pass. Just as encouraging for the rookie: Greene has logged at least six innings in three of his last four starts.
Let's state the obvious, the Reds face a major challenge in Corbin Burnes. The right-hander has fanned at least 10 in three of his last five outings. However, this is reason for hope. Albert Almora, Kyle Farmer, and Mike Moustakas are a combined 7-for-14 versus the Milwaukee ace.