The Cincinnati Reds (73-73) will be hosting the Milwaukee Brewers (86-70) tonight at Great American Ballpark. The Reds were off yesterday, and tonight kicks on the final homestand of the season. They’ll host the Brewers for a 3-game set before heading to Pittsburgh to wrap up the season.

Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray (11-7, 2.80 ERA, 170.1 IP, 16 HR, 66 BB, 199 K)

In what will be the final start of the season for Sonny Gray he will be looking to make one final statement with the hopes of gathering up some Cy Young votes. While it’s unlikely he can win the award, anything that lowers his ERA will certainly help. He is sitting on 199 strikeouts for the season. One more will put him in the 200 strikeout club on the Cincinnati Reds for the year along with teammate Luis Castillo. If he gets it they will become the first Reds teammates to ever reach the mark in the same season.

Adrian Houser (6-7, 3.83 ERA, 103.1 IP, 14 HR, 36 BB, 109 K)

Doogie’s cousin (his nickname is actually Doogie – because of course it is) has pitched well for the Brewers this season. He’s pitching for the Brewers playoff lives. They are currently in a playoff spot as a wild card, and they control their own destiny when it comes to making it – but they haven’t clinched anything yet.

Houser has struggled a bit on the road. He’s posted a 4.42 ERA in 55.0 innings away from Milwaukee (3.17 ERA, 48.1 innings). The home run rate on the road is significantly higher, as is his WHIP. Lefties have had a much better time against him than righties. Left-handed hitters have a .282/.364/.482 line against him this season, while right-handers are hitting just .227/.285/.356 against him. That’s probably why he’s spent half of his games this season in the bullpen – the splits are drastic.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Phillip Ervin – CF
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  4. Aristides Aquino – RF
  5. Tucker Barnhart – C
  6. Jose Iglesias – SS
  7. Derek Dietrich – LF
  8. Jose Peraza – 2B
  9. Sonny Gray – SP

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Trent Grisham – RF
  2. Yasmani Grandal – C
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Keston Hiura – 2B
  5. Ryan Braun – LF
  6. Eric Thames – 1B
  7. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  8. Orlando Arcia – SS
  9. Adrian Houser – SP

Pre-game Notes

MLB Network will air the Reds game on Thursday with the audio being provided by 700 WLW for Marty Brennaman’s final Cincinnati Reds broadcast.

MLB Network to air Marty Brennaman’s final Reds game

Earlier today at Redleg Nation

Wes Jenkins spoke to why he’s not yet inspired by the organization for hope in the 2020 season.

Why the Reds have yet to inspire hope for 2020

7 Responses

  1. Eddie

    Thanks for still reporting about the reds

  2. Broseph

    Votto vs Suter: The quest for the fastest pre-pitch routine has been completed. Not sure if this was Votto trolling, but he seemed to rush getting ready, faster than Suter was trying to deliver.

    Worked out for JV with a single

    • Broseph

      I actually like this. Suter has thrown two innings worth of pitches in less than five minutes this inning. More of this from the MLB please

  3. Indy Red Man

    Many on RLN seem to hate on Puig, but he got another hit in the 1st inning tonite. Cleveland is tied for the wildcard and he’s hit .375 in September when they’ve needed him! He’s also not station to station like most of the Reds roster

    • BigRedMike

      wRC+ of 100 for the season and 1.3 WAR, amazing season
      Puig ISO .192
      Aquino ISO .315

  4. Indy Red Man

    Matt Bowman….just one of about 6 guys that were better then old man Hernandez this year. Too bad Captain Obvious wasn’t the Reds bench coach and could relay that info to Bell. Bell pitched him 25 out of 30 games and sank the Reds battleship. I don’t think I’ll forgive Bell for that stupidity. He’s as dumb as Priggleman and definitely not the skipper of the next winning Reds team. If there is another one in my lifetime?

  5. TR

    Yes, after the long struggle to reach the major leagues, I’m sure a hitter’s DNA is pretty much established. But the hitting philosophy of a team is not unchangeable. That to me, is a part of the job of the hitting coach. if it’s not possible to gradually change the hitting philosophy, then the coach is there to basically only check hitting mechanics that have been set. If the Red’s offense continues with the homerun as the goal to win ballgames, then 2020 will be a repeat of 2019.