6/29/18 Matchup of the Day: Reds vs. Brewers

Milwaukee and Cincinnati may be on opposite ends of their division, but something’s got to give as the red-hot Reds host the first place Brewers.

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While no one is giving the Reds much of a chance in the division or wild card hunt, they’ve certainly turned some heads of late.  Cincy has won 9 of its last 10 games, including a four game sweep of the Chicago Cubs followed by a series win at Atlanta where they took two of three.  They still sit nine games out of a Wild Card position, but they’re certainly giving their fans some hope for the future.

The Reds will send Anthony DeSclafani (3-1, 4.09 ERA) to the hill. DeSclafani has battled back from an oblique injury and will start for the fifth time in the 2018 season.  He hasn’t been dominant, surrendering five homers in just 22 innings, but the damage has been limited and he has found himself as the winner in three straight contests.  He’ll look to have some more control this time out, as he walked four in 6.1 innings in a 11-2 victory against the Cubs last Saturday.

The Brewers will counter with Junior Guerra (3-5, 2.82 ERA) whose had a bit of bad luck in decisions but is pitching quite well.  He hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in a start since May 9 against Cleveland, but he also hasn’t pitched more than six innings in any start this season.  Junior knows how to ring them up, recording just under a strikeout an inning with 74 whiffs in 76.2 innings.

During their run, the Reds offense has been paced by Eugenio Suarez whose homered four times in the last two weeks while batting .306.  Speedy Billy Hamilton is batting .310 during that same stretch and also stolen five bags.

In the other dugout, the Brewers will try to shake loose from a mediocre streak in which they’ve gone 11-13 since May 29.  Jesus Aguilar has been a monster at the dish, hitting .400 with seven homers in the last two weeks.  Also swinging a hot bat is Lorenzo Cain, who is 10 for his last 28 (.357) with a homer and four steals.

First pitch from Great American Ball Park is at 4:10 pm EDT.

photo credit: Benny Sieu USA TODAY

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