The Cincinnati Reds (37-43) will continue their 9-game homestand leading up to the all-star break with the first of four games against the Milwaukee Brewers (44-39) tonight at 7:10 PM. The Brewers are currently tied with the Cubs for both the NL Central lead and the first wild-card spot. The Reds are 5.5 games behind them. The Reds are 3-6 against the Brewers this season.

Starting Pitchers

The thing that has kept Tyler Mahle from being a good MLB starter instead of an average one has been the long ball. This will be his first crack at the Brewers this season, a team that leads the NL in homers. He pitched well against the Brewers last season in his only two career starts, posting a 2.53 ERA in 10.2 IP.

Adrian Houser has spent most of the year in the Brewers bullpen. He’s made two dominant relief appearances against the Reds this season: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Houser does however have a 9.00 ERA as a starter this season in 3 starts.

Starting Lineup

1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Nick Senzel (CF)
6. Derek Dietrich (LF)
7. Jose Iglesias (SS)
8. Curt Casali (C)
9. Tyler Mahle (P)

News and Notes


These next four days are so crucial for the Reds. The Brewers will almost assuredly be one of the teams that the Reds will be fighting for a playoff spot with either in the division or the wildcard if the Reds hang around. Head to head matchups are essentially worth double. Go Reds!