The Cincinnati Reds (56-75) will return home to the Great American Ballpark tonight at 7:10 PM for a quick three game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers (73-59). The Reds are coming off a miserable road trip, where they went just 1-6 and were outscored 45-20. The Brewers are in heated battle for a wildcard spot. They currently hold a 1.5 game lead over the Rockies for the 2nd wild-card spot, and are just 0.5 games behind the Cardinals for the first spot. The Brewers would have to make a real late push to catch the Cubs, as they are 5.0 games behind the NL Central leaders.
Anthony DeSclafani‘s great month of August was slowed down a bit on Saturday against the Cubs (6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 HR, 4 ER), but he has a 1.95 ERA/2.90 FIP in 4 starts with 21 strikeouts and just 3 walks. Disco is really starting to inspire some hope that he can be one good starter the Reds can count on in 2019. His only start against the Brewers came back in June:Ã‚Â 6.1 IP, 5 H 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 K. He has a careerÃ‚Â 4.45 ERA in 6 starts against the Brewers, with 27 K and 5 BB.
Junior Guerra‘s last start was against the Reds a week ago, and the Reds beat him up for 10 hits and 7 runs, although 5 of those runs were unearned. Junior has had a pretty good year overall, but he has hit a wall of late. He has a 6.08 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, and has allowed 7 HR over his last 7 starts. He has a career 4.76 ERA in 6 career starts against the Reds (3.18 ERA in 3 starts in 2018).
|1.Ã‚Â Lorenzo CainÃ‚Â (CF)
2.Ã‚Â Christian YelichÃ‚Â (RF)
3.Ã‚Â Jesus AguilarÃ‚Â (1B)
4.Ã‚Â Travis ShawÃ‚Â (2B)
5.Ã‚Â Ryan BraunÃ‚Â (LF)
6.Ã‚Â Mike MoustakasÃ‚Â (3B)
7.Ã‚Â Erik KratzÃ‚Â (C)
8.Ã‚Â Orlando ArciaÃ‚Â (SS)
9.Ã‚Â Junior GuerraÃ‚Â (P)
|1.Ã‚Â Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (CF)
2.Ã‚Â Jose PerazaÃ‚Â (SS)
3.Ã‚Â Scooter GennettÃ‚Â (2B)
4.Ã‚Â Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (3B)
5.Ã‚Â Scott ScheblerÃ‚Â (RF)
6.Ã‚Â Phillip ErvinÃ‚Â (LF)
7.Ã‚Â Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (C)
8.Ã‚Â Curt CasaliÃ‚Â (1B)
9.Ã‚Â Anthony DeSclafaniÃ‚Â (P)
Other news and notes
Nuggets from #Reds clubhouse. Cody Reed will join the rotation. Riggleman not sure what day. No timetable yet for Votto return. Votto did sound a bit more optimistic than Riggleman FWIW.
— Brian Giesenschlag (@BGiesenschlag) August 28, 2018
Joey Votto said he felt good. He'd done sliding drills, when he talked to us, his pants were caked in dirt. Said he hopes to be activated soon
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 28, 2018
Votto just did some running too. Looks a lot better. No noticeable limp.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) August 28, 2018
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) August 28, 2018
The #stlcards have removed the interim tag and named Mike Shildt their permanent manager.
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) August 28, 2018