Previewing the pitching matchup: Reds vs. Brewers
Cincinnati Reds starter Hunter Greene vs. Milwaukee Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff
Hunter Greene (4-12 4.97 ERA) makes his first home start since July 26th in tonight's opener, while Brandon Woodruff (11-4 3.26 ERA) gets the call for the Milwaukee Brewers. How good was Greene in his first start in nearly six weeks? Spectacularly good.
Tossing six shutout innings versus the first-place St. Louis Cardinals, Greene hit triple digits on the radar gun a record 47 times in the Statcast era (since 2015.) Impressive outings have been the norm for the Reds rookie right-hander as of late. Over his last three starts, he's allowed just two runs and issued one free pass while fanning 25 in 18.1 frames.
When it comes to Brandon Woodruff, Reds Country can only conjure painful memories. The former two-time All-Star has whiffed 47 Redlegs in his last 27.2 innings between the two clubs. Needless to say, balls being into play will be at a premium with Greene and Woodruff on the mound.
Cincinnati Reds starter Graham Ashcraft vs. Milwaukee Brewers starter Corbin Burnes
Neither club has announced starters for Friday night's contest, but Graham Ashcraft (5-3 3.97 ERA) toes the rubber Saturday evening opposing reigning Cy Young Award-winner Corbin Burnes (10-8 3.12 ERA) for Craig Counsell's club.
Cincinnati's rookie right-hander will be making his first start since August 19th following a stint on the IL with biceps soreness. Before landing on the shelf, Ashcraft had worked into the sixth inning in five consecutive starts without yielding more than three earned runs.
If you thought Brandon Woodruff was tough, the Reds will have just as difficult a task facing Corbin Burnes. Milwaukee's ace is unbeaten in three starts lifetime versus Cincinnati and has allowed one run or fewer in the two of the trio of appearances.
Neither David Bell nor Craig Counsell have revealed their starters for Sunday's matinee series finale, though it would make sense for the Cincinnati Reds to turn to left-hander Nick Lodolo.