Milwaukee Brewers: Will the Bats Show up in Cincinnati?
The Milwaukee Brewers will start another series vs the Cincinnati Reds. After taking two of three from Cincinnati at Miller Park, the Brewers were beaten by Scooter Gennett on a clutch ninth-inning dinger in game two. This time though, the rematch will take place a Great American Ballpark.
Keys to this series
Milwaukee pitching needs to hit their spots. We have recently seen a decline in pitching production from both the starting rotation and the bullpen. If the Milwaukee Brewers want to be successful, they have to avoid giving up big innings.
Game 1. Junior Guerra (3.72 ERA) v.s Anthony Desclafani (4.26 ERA)
Game 2. Freddy Peralta (4.02 ERA) v.s Matt Harvey (4.77 ERA)
Game 3. Wade MIley (2.22 ERA) v.s Luis Castillo (5.07 ERA)
Milwaukee’s pitching owns a 9-4 record and have an ERA of 4.07 against the Reds in 2018.
If the Brewers want to win this series they will need to keep the ball in the ballpark. That will not be an easy task in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball.
Reds Missing a Bat?
The Milwaukee Brewers need to take advantage of not playing Joey Votto. When the Reds came to Miller Park last week to play a three-game series. Most Brewers fans knew that the pitching would catch a break as Brewer killer Joey Votto was still on the disabled list.
According to MLB.com’s Matthew Martell, Votto may not be activated by the first game of the series.
Milwaukee needs to bring the lumber
This season against Cincinnati, the Milwaukee Brewers have a record of 9-4. At Great American Ballpark, Milwaukee is 5-2. As a team, the Brewers have hit 19 home-runs against Cincinnati in 2018. They have tallied 59 runs and own a slash line of .275/.339/.449.
Two key bats that the Milwaukee Brewers have counted on all season are Jesus Aguilar and Christian Yelich. They are both having great performances against Cincinnati and should contribute in the series.
Jesus Aguilar v.s Reds. .366/.366/.537, two home runs and four RBIs. Aguilar has 15 hits in 41 at-bats.
Christian Yelich v.s Reds. .414/.500/.793, three home runs and four RBIs. Yelich has 12 hits in 29 at-bats.
Why single out these two? The two players mentioned above have been counted on all year to help carry this team to its current position. To go along with there success against the Reds. They should be key pieces if the Milwaukee Brewers wants to come away with another series win.