The Cincinnati Reds (62-82) go for the sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers (64-81) this evening in the final game of this three game series. It’s the last time the Brewers will be at GABP this season.
Tonight’s pitching matchup features a pair of “old rookies” contributing more than either team expected from either of them when this season got underway.
Tim Adleman is 28 years young and making his 10th Major League start tonight. This is his second stint with the Reds this season, as he was needed to fill-in for four starts back in May of this year. Adleman held the Pirates to two runs over six innings in his last start, Friday versus the Pirates. Earlier this season, Adleman limited the Brewers to one run over five innings.
Rookie pitcher Junior Guerra is three years older than Adleman and making just his 20th major league start. Acquired off waivers from the White Sox in the offseason, there were a lot of rumors that the Brewers would flip him at the trade deadline. However, with five years of team control left and the Brewers asking price reportedly too high, they opted to keep him than accept the offers on the table. Guerra was signed as an amateur free agent catcher by the Braves back in 2001 but switched over to pitching during the 2006 season. After a 2008 minor league season in the Mets system, he spent most of the next six years in Venezualan and Mexican Leagues. The White Sox signed him last season, where he struck out 105 batters in 83.1 AA and AAA innings before a very brief bullpen stint with the Major League club.
Guerra’s 2nd major league start was against the Reds on May 8. Just like his first start of the season against the Angels, Guerra allowed four Reds runs over six innings. Since those first two starts, Guerra has allowed just 30 runs over 103.2 innings for a 2.60 ERA. The Brewers have only lost six games of the 19 games that Guerra has started.
|1. Jonathan Villar (3B)
2. Keon Broxton (CF)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Chris Carter (1B)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Domingo Santana (RF)
7. Orlando Arcia (SS)
8. Manny Pina (C)
9. Junior Guerra (P)
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Tyler Holt (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Tony Renda (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Tim Adleman (P)
The NL Wildcard race is effectively three teams fighting for two spots. The Giants loss last night gives them just a half game lead over the New York Mets for the 1st wildcard slot. While the Mets also hold just a 1/2 game lead over the Cardinals for the 2nd wildcard spot.
Meanwhile, in the American League, the Blue Jays and Orioles are tied for the 1st wildcard spot and are just two games behind division-leading Boston. The Yankees and Tigers are just behind the pack, two games behind Toronto/Baltimore.
REDS 2017 SCHEDULE
The Reds shared their 2017 schedule on Twitter this afternoon. Opening Day will be Monday, April 3rd against the Philadelphia Philles. However, they are on the road the next six games and won’t play their first home weekend games until April 13-16. It appears that all non-Cleveland interleague games will be played against AL East teams with the Orioles, Yankees and Red Sox visiting GABP.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 14, 2016
A team that frustratingly loses five in a row turns around and wins five in a row. I knew they were better than the stupid Brewers! Earlier in the season they definitely were not, but this Reds team has been much better in the second half. A victory tonight extends the Reds winning streak to six games and would put them just one-half game behind 4th place Milwaukee.