The Reds will try to rebound from back-to-back losses against the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at sweltering Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 4:10 ET.
It’s a hot one in the Queen City today, so if you’re going to the game (or if you’re outside at all today), make sure to take necessary precautions.
A few reminders on how to beat the heat at GABP: pic.twitter.com/H8P4Ktm6Ps
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 28, 2018
Tyler Mahle had his ups and downs early this season, but has put together a very good month of June, giving Reds fans everywhere hope for the future. He’s 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 27.1 innings, with a chance to bolster that today on this last day of the month. Although he’s pitching well, Mahle has struggled with walking batters. In June, he’s walked fourteen, but as it’s been all season, he’s been excellent at getting out of sticky situations. In his last start at Atlanta, he walked four batters in five innings, but managed to give up no more than three runs.
One of the reasons for his success is that he hasn’t been giving up the home run ball. In April and May, Mahle surrendered 13 home runs, but has only given up two this month. Already he’s given up 15 home runs in 86.0 innings this season, the most in his professional career.
The Brewers have very limited plate appearances against Mahle. I’ll point out that Eric Thames does have a home run off him, but what Reds pitcher hasn’t given up a home run to Thames at this point?
Jhoulys Chacin has been a journeyman pitcher over the last three years. After spending six seasons with the Colorado Rockies, he seems to have found a home with the Brewers in 2018 after being with four different teams since 2015. In Milwaukee, Chacin has proven to be a good addition to the starting rotation, with a 3.82 ERA in 92.0 innings. If there’s one thing he has struggled with at times this season, it’s command. Chacin has walked 40 batters already, compared to 71 strikeouts.
Chacin has faced the Reds once this season, on April 30. He lasted just 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out only one batter.
Here are his career stats against the Reds:
A major strength of both teams coming into this series has been its’ bullpens, but the Brewers are winning that contest so far. The Reds bullpen has given up seven runs (though three of those came in the ninth off Jackson Stephens in mop-up duty), while the Brewers have surrendered exactly zero. We knew it would be difficult to come back on them in the late innings, and Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, and Corey Knebel have all pitched lights out in the first two games.
Everyone should be available out of the pen for the Reds except Michael Lorenzen, as he pitched three innings last night. For the Brewers, everyone should also be available. Jeffress would be the most likely to get a break as he’s pitched the most innings the last two nights.
— Brian Giesenschlag (@BGiesenschlag) June 30, 2018
News and Notes
I don’t think Sal Romano pitched as badly last night as Jim Riggleman makes it seem in his interview. Excuses to use Romano as the odd man out when Homer Bailey comes back?
Manager Jim Riggleman refuses to make excuses for Sal Romano after loss to Brewers. pic.twitter.com/W6uG0RSNu6
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 30, 2018
What most people forget about this game is that the Reds were down 7-0 in the bottom of the eighth. I remember the Austin Kearns home run in the eighth to get the Reds on the scoreboard. From there, the offense took off, and the rest is history.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 30, 2018
The Reds are giving away this bobblehead today. I think it’s cool and different from the player bobbleheads normally given away.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 28, 2018
I was listening to Marty and Jeff in the ninth inning last night. They were relaying a stat from Reds media relations director Rob Butcher. The Brewers have hit at least one home run in each of their last 17 games at Great American Ball Park. Thames has hit six of his 62 home runs at GABP, and in 14 games, Keon Broxton has three home runs already
How can the Reds be so unprepared when it comes to Brewers’ hitters? Reds pitchers absolutely dominated Cubs hitters a week ago, but can’t get the Brewers out. I think the Reds need a complete overhaul of all Milwaukee scouting reports.
All statistics are from Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.