The Cincinnati Reds needed what felt like a miracle to get off of the field with a victory last night in Milwaukee. The win evened up the series against the Brewers, with today’s game being the final one of the series, and regular season finale for the two teams. Whichever team wins today will be in first place in the division. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10pm ET.
|Elly De La Cruz – 3B||Christian Yelich – DH|
|TJ Friedl – CF||William Contreras – C|
|Matt McLain – SS||Willy Adames – SS|
|Jake Fraley – LF||Sal Frelick – RF|
|Jonathan India – 2B||Andruw Monasterio – 3B|
|Joey Votto – DH||Abraham Toro – 1B|
|Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B||Tyrone Taylor – LF|
|Tyler Stephenson – C||Brice Turang – 2B|
|Will Benson – RF||Joey Wiemer – CF|
|Ben Lively – RHP||Freddy Peralta – RHP|
|Links: Ben Lively’s Stats | Freddy Peralta’s Stats
Today will be the third time that Ben Lively has faced the Brewers in his last four starts. In the previous two outings he allowed two runs in 9.2 combined innings, but the Reds lost both of those games – each by one run.
When it comes to hitting for average and getting on base, there’s not much of a difference between lefties and righties when it comes to how they perform against Lively. The big difference is how much power they hit for. Right-handed hitters don’t hit for hardly any power. Left-handed hitters, though, hit for a lot of it.
A little less than two weeks ago Peralta faced the Reds in Cincinnati and he was dominant, tossing six 1-hit innings as the Brewers picked up a 3-0 win. He followed that up by giving up six runs to Atlanta, which has been the story of his season – inconsistent.
While the splits aren’t huge against Peralta this season, he does have some reverse splits going on. Left-handed batters hit for a lower average and a little less power than right-handed hitters have this season. They do walk almost twice as often, though, so they have a small advantage in on-base percentage over righties.
When and Where
- Game time: 2:10pm ET
- Where: American Family Field
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: They have a retractable roof
News and Notes
Going for the 1st series win
Today will be the completion of the 4th and final series between the Reds and Brewers this year. Milwaukee has won each of the previous three series.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|