The Milwaukee Brewers have shut out the Cincinnati Reds for three consecutive games over the last week. Those three wins have vaulted them into first place in the division where they hold a one game lead. Cincinnati can get back atop of things with a win this afternoon that would avoid a sweep at the hands of Milwaukee. First pitch is set for 1:40pm ET.
|Christian Yelich – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|William Contreras – C||Matt McLain – SS|
|Willy Adames – SS||Jake Fraley – RF|
|Jesse Winker – DH||Elly De La Cruz – 3B|
|Owen Miller – 1B||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Raimel Tapia – RF||Joey Votto – DH|
|Andruw Monasterio – 3B||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Brice Turang – 2B||Tyler Stephenson – C|
|Joey Wiemer – CF||Will Benson – LF|
|Adrian Houser – RHP||Ben Lively – RHP|
|Links: Ben Lively’s Stats | Adrian Houser’s Stats
The tough-luck pitcher in a 1-0 loss against Milwaukee right before the All-Star break that kickstarted the current Reds 3-game streak of not scoring a run, Ben Lively pitched well against the Brewers in his last start. A surprise addition to the rotation this year, Lively has thrown 51.2 above-average innings for Cincinnati after not pitching in the big leagues since 2019 – when he pitched one inning.
While the OPS split isn’t much different for lefties and righties, they get there a little differently. Righties hit for a much better average and as a result get on base more frequently, too. But they don’t hit for the same kind of power that lefties do. Left-handed hitters don’t hit for much average or walk much against him, but they do hit for plenty of power.
Over the last month Adrian Houser has an ERA of 2.25, giving up just four earned runs in 16.0 innings. That’s come despite allowing 18 hits, six walks, and a hit batter while also giving up three home runs. He’s wiggled his way around plenty of jams in that span, but he’s found a way to keep runs off of the board.
The splits against Houser are pretty big. Right-handed hitters have a good average against him, but they don’t walk and they don’t hit for any sort of power. Lefties hit for a lower, but still quality average against him. But they walk four times as often as righties do and they’ve hit for plenty of power against him so far this season.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 83°, sunny, 5% chance of rain
News and Notes
The offense has been offensive
The Reds are the 1st team in at least 130 years with 0 Runs & less than 8 Hits in a 3-game span. pic.twitter.com/C3XDA00sJ4
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 16, 2023
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