Reds vs. Brewers Four Game Series Preview
The MLB All-Star Break is just days away, but there is still work to be done for the Cincinnati Reds. In fact, the Reds will begin one of the biggest series of the season on Thursday night as they head to Milwaukee.
Cincinnati enters this series with an overall record of 45-41, and they are playing some of their best baseball on the season. The Reds still trail the Brewers by six games in the division and need to make up some ground.
The Brewers have improved to 52-36 on the year, and they have been on a tear since the beginning of June. Milwaukee suddenly looks like a World Series contender, and they have dominated NL Central opponents.
The Reds are going to be underdogs all series long, and they will have to find a way to pull off some upsets.
Reds Offense Must Deliver
If the Reds are going to have a good series in Milwaukee, then it will be up to the offense to deliver. Cincinnati is top-10 in the league in most offensive categories, and the outfielders continue to lead the way.
Nick Castellanos is leading the team with a .335 batting average, and he has also driven in 54 runs. Jesse Winker has belted 19 home runs, and both of these stars will be in the All-Star Game starting lineup.
The Reds do still have a team ERA of 4.48 on the year, but some of the starters are beginning to turn things around. Tyler Mahle starts the series opener, and he has a chance to get the Reds off to a good start.
Brewers Have Dominant Starters
The starting rotation is the strength of the Milwaukee Brewers, and they have some dominant hurlers set to take the mound in this series. Milwaukee has a team ERA of just 3.50 this season, and the Reds are going to have to find a way to break through on offense.
Milwaukee does have some trouble scoring runs at times, but Christian Yelich is starting to heat up once again. The Brewers are hitting just .220 as a team, but they always seem to come up with a clutch hit when needed.
2-2 Split Not Good Enough
Normally, going 2-2 against the Brewers in Milwaukee would be considered a good series, but that’s not going to be good enough this weekend. Cincinnati has to gain some ground on the Brewers, and they also need to find a way to cool them off.
The Reds have the ability to win this game at the plate, but they are going to have to beat some great starting pitchers. If the Reds are able to play long ball this weekend, then they could do some damage against that pitching staff.
Milwaukee does not have a lineup full of stars, but this team just continues to find ways to win. The Reds need to do some damage and let the Brewers know that they are ready to challenge for the NL Central crown.
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