The Great American Ball Park
It is definitely a hitter’s park. In 2017‘s rankings, the home of the Cincinnati Reds ranked 13th on the list, with a Park Factor of 1.020 runs. 2018 has been the same story, and the Great American Ball Park ranks 11th so far, with an average of 1.109 runs. As far as home runs go, there is an average of 2.206 per game hit.
This, again, bodes very well for the Milwaukee Brewers. Especially for Eric Thames, who has performed at his best against the Cincinnati Reds. Further, his performance in April against the Reds is particularly insane.
The Crew took the last series against Cincinnati, winning the last two of the three game series. After losing 10-4 in game one to a team that is currently 3-18, the Milwaukee Brewers won the next two in a deja vu sort of fashion. Eric Thames crushed a two-run blast in each game to take down the NL Central’s last place team.
Chase Anderson is set to take the mound at the Great American Ball Park in game one. In his major league career, he is 2-1 against the Reds with an ERA of 3.00. At Great American, he is 1-1, and he has given up four home runs at the ball park.
Game two has Jhoulys Chacin slated to start. He also did not make an appearance in the first series against the Reds. In the past three years (2015-2017) he has posted a 1-1 record against Cincinnati with an ERA of 4.85. At Great American, his one start since 2015 was a loss. He gave up 2 home runs, walked 3, and only struck out 4 batters.
And because Brent Suter has not performed well to start the season, if he isn’t replaced by the time he is supposed to start against the Cubs, he most likely will be back down in the minors by this time.