Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds

Brewers at Reds

Probable Starters

May 5 7:10 ET Chase Anderson (1-3) vs. Alfredo Simon (0-3)
May 6 7:10 ET Tyler Cravy (0-0) vs. Tim Adleman (0-0)
May 7 7:10 ET Jimmy Nelson (4-2) vs. Brandon Finnegan (1-1)
May 8 1:10 ET Junior Guerra (1-0) vs. John Lamb (0-0)

Brewers

The Brewers are on a hot streak, winning 3 of their last 4 games. The starting pitching is starting to get better and the bats are heating up. The Brewers are a half game ahead of the Reds and they are hoping to be further ahead after this series.

Anderson started the season well, not giving up an earned run in his first two starts, but has a 10.13 ERA in his last three starts. Wily Peralta was placed on the paternity list, so Cravy will take his spot and make his first start of the season. Nelson has been the Brewers’ best pitcher, going 3-2 with 4 quality starts. Guerra made his first MLB start on Tuesday against the Angels, getting his first win.

Ryan Braun is hitting .563 during his current 4-game hitting streak. Braun leads the team with a .374 batting average and 22 RBI. Chris Carter leads the team with 9 home runs and is second with 21 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy just had a 5-game hitting streak snapped, but he still raised his average from .279 to .307. Jonathan Villar leads the league with 8 stolen bases.

Reds

The Reds are hosting the Brewers for a 4-game series. They are reeling, losing 8 of their last 10 games and falling into last place in the NL Central, a half game behind the Brewers.

Simon has been having a rough season. He has a 13.50 ERA, but even worse than that, he has had just 2.5 runs per game in run support. Adleman received a no-decision in his only start, giving up just 2 runs in 6 innings in a game that the Reds eventually won. Finnegan has been a solid pitcher with a 3.97 ERA and 27 strikeouts. Lamb took a no-decision in a game where he only gave up 1 run in 6 innings.

Zack Cozart leads the team with a .342 batting average. Eugenio Suarez is coming off of a 3 for 4 game with 3 RBI and a run scored. He leads the team with 15 runs and is tied with Jay Bruce with 18 RBI.

Outlook

The Brewers and Reds are going in opposite directions. The Reds pitchers for the most part are doing well, but the Reds are not scoring runs. The Brewer pitchers are starting to string together some good starts and facing the Reds should help.

Prediction

The Brewers will win 3 out of 4.

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