The Cincinnati Reds (33-58) and the Milwaukee Brewers (39-50) will play the rubber game of their three game series today at 1:10. The Reds lost 9-1 last night, as John Lamb allowed 9 earned runs and lasted just 2 innings. Bryan Price was tossed from the game as well. Lamb was sent down to AAA this morning, and Kyle Waldrop was called back up.
Dan Straily finished off the first half with two quality starts against the Nationals and the Marlins. That was coming on the heels of a rough month of June, where he had a 6.43 ERA in 5 starts. Walks continue to haunt Straily, as he has walked at least two batters in 8 consecutive starts, and in 15 of his 16 total starts in 2016.
Straily has only pitched 1.0 career inning against the Brewers, and that came back in 2014 with the Cubs. Chris Carter does have 8 career PA vs Straily, and he is 2 for 7 with a home run.
Zack Davies might have only been a 26th round draft pick back in 2011, but he has a sub-4 ERA (3.99) through his first 21 big league starts. Davies has pitched very well since the beginning of June, as he has a 2.86 ERA in 7 starts with 42 K and 9 BB.
Davies has pitched pretty well against the Reds in two career starts. He has a 3.86 ERA with 8 K and 4 BB. Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, and Adam Duvall each have a home run off Zack Davies.
|SP: Zachary Davies||SP: Dan Straily|
|1. Jonathan Villar (SS)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
5. Chris Carter (1B)
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF)
7. Will Middlebrooks (3B)
8. Ramon Flores (RF)
9. Zachary Davies (P)
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
Votto En fuego
Joey Votto had four hits yesterday, and now has a 1.021 OPS since May 30th. Votto is hitting .328/.462/.560 with 7 home runs over that span. It sure is good to see Joey back to Joey.
It sure would be nice to start the second half off with a series win! Go Reds!
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— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) July 16, 2016
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.