Although the Cincinnati Reds (9-10) cannot play the Milwaukee Brewers (4-16) every day, they do get to play them again today! The Reds are looking to even their record up to .500 for the third time in the past week while facing the only Brewers pitcher to beat them this season.
Johnny Cueto would love some of the run support the Reds have piled onto the Brewers recently. The Reds have scored 25 runs in Jason Marquis last two starts (both against Milwaukee) but have only scored 22 runs over Cueto’s last 11 starts, stretching back into 2014. The opposing pitcher hasn’t always been the problem either, as Cueto has only faced the other team’s #1 starter four times in those 11 starts.
Tonight will be the 5th time in 12 starts for Cueto to get matched up with an opponent’s number one guy. Kyle Lohse’s only good start of the season came last week against the Reds where he gave up just a two run homerun to Marlon Byrd over 7 innings.
Ryan Braun is back in today’s starting lineup for the Brewers:
- Jean SeguraÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Gerardo ParraÃ‚Â (L) LF
- Ryan BraunÃ‚Â (R) RF
- Adam LindÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Aramis RamirezÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Logan SchaferÃ‚Â (L) CF
- Martin MaldonadoÃ‚Â (R) C
- Hector GomezÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Kyle LohseÃ‚Â (R) P
The Reds lineup keeps Cozart at #2 and Phillips/Byrd batting 6th/7th:
- Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (S) CF
- Zack CozartÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Marlon ByrdÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Brayan PenaÃ‚Â (S) C
- Johnny CuetoÃ‚Â (R) P
Homer Bailey was placed on the 15-day DL yesterday, and Thursday’s probable replacement has not yet been named. If the Reds go with someone from the active roster, they could let Tony Cingrani take the start. He last pitched on Sunday and only threw 2 innings. Carlos Contreras, the pitcher called up to replace Homer, also last pitched Sunday and has thrown more than one inning in each of his last three appearances. It would be possible that these two pitchers could combine for at least six innings.
When looking at AAA Louisville’s roster, there are a couple of options. Dylan Axelrod is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, and Michael Lorenzen is Thursday’s scheduled AAA starter. Because they’ve played two doubleheaders in the past three days, any other Louisville starting pitchers would be pitching Thursday on 3 days rest or less.
UPDATE: The Reds have decided to promote Michael Lorenzen to make his major league debut tomorrow against the Brewers in Cincinnati. The promotion will require a 40-man roster move. Mike Leake slides back one day to pitch in Thursday on the road against the Braves.
The Reds will hopefully keep the hot bats going against the Brewers tonight to give Cueto the run support he deserves.