The Cincinnati Reds (57-76) will go for a series win against the Milwaukee Brewers (74-60) today at 12:35 PM. The Reds are 6-1-2 in their last 9 series at Great American Ballpark. The Reds lost a wild game 13-12 in 10 innings last night. The win kept the Brewers in the second wild-card spot in a crowded race.
ProgrammingÃ‚Â Note: today’s game is availableÃ‚Â on the MLB Network for those outside of Cincinnati.
Cody ReedÃ‚Â will make his first start since April 9th. Reed hasn’t allowed a run over his last 4 relief appearances, and has struck out 5 batters and walked just 1 in 4.1 IP since he got called back up to the Reds on August 13th. He was having a mostly disappointing season at AAA, but really dominated over his final three starts: 22.1 IP, 4 ER, 26 K, 2 BB. Reed’s ability to throw strikes will certainly be a breath of fresh air and is undoubtedly the reason he is starting over Robert Stephenson.
Reed has only made one career start against the Brewers, and it was a rough one in 2016: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB. He has been very good since then in 7 relief appearances against the Brewers: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.
Wade MileyÃ‚Â signed with the Brewers on a minor league deal this season. He joined the Brewers rotation on July 12th, returning form injury, and has been huge for them. He is not missing bats and is walking more than league average, so I wouldn’t expect this to last forever. He has a 4.56 xFIP on the season. Miley has a career 3.42 ERA in 8 starts against the Reds.
According to FanGraphs, the Reds have a 46% chance (46.3% to be exact) of winning today!
Billy Hamilton gets a day off. He was spiked on a play at the plate toward the end of last night’s game. Mason Williams takes his place in CF and Scott Schebler returns to the leadoff spot. Schebler has struggled at the plate so far since his long stint on the DL. Curt Casali is behind the plate after playing 1B yesterday. Brandon Dixon (not Dilson Herrera) gets a start at 2B with Scooter Gennett getting a well earned day off.
Joey Votto returns to the Reds lineup after spending a good deal of time on the disabled list after he was hit in the leg (intentionally) by a Ryan Madson pitch. The Reds sent Preston Tucker down to AAA.
The Reds also put pitcher Robert Stephenson on the DL (shoulder) and recalled Austin Brice.