In July, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds will meet for a grand total of nine games. Three of those games were played just prior to the All-Star break, another three immediately after, and the final series towards the end of the month. There is a lot on the line with these games including the series tie breaker and possession of the National League Central division lead.
Over the last two contests between these teams the Brewers have emerged with back-to-back 1-0 victories. These games were separated by five days due to the All-Star break, but wins like that are quite rare.
Here are three things you should know about the Brewers last two games against the Reds
1. Back-to-back 1-0 victories had never happened in Brewers franchise history before.
The Brewers have been around since 1969 but had previously never had consecutive 1-0 victories. In the record books Milwaukee has finally accomplished this by defeating the same team twice and a five day gap in between games.
2. Brewers pitchers have generated 32 strikeouts over the last two games
In the modern era, this is the most strikeouts over two games while not allowing a single run. Milwaukee has used five pitchers to accomplish this. Corbin Burnes punched out 13, Wade Miley eight, Elvis Peguero three, Joel Payamps four, and Devin Williams four.
3. Brewers batters have now collected at least two-extra base hits in 33 straight games against the Reds.
This streak obviously goes back farther than the last two games and actually started during the 2021 season. It's Milwaukee's longest active streak. The next closest is 30 games that was set from 1982-85 against the Minnesota Twins.
These recent match ups between the Reds and Brewers have been exciting. Cincinnati is young and looking to prove that they belong in the playoff race. Milwaukee has a good blend of both veteran and rookie players but is looking to get back into the post season after missing out a season ago.
The last game of the regular season between these two will be Wednesday, July 26. With the trade deadline being August 1 these two teams could have different pieces in place the rest of the way then they currently have. The change to a more balanced schedule makes all division games important no matter what time of the year they occur.
It should be fun to watch the Reds and Brewers duke things out for the NL Central Division title.