Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/4/14
Milwaukee Brewers (51-35) at Cincinnati Reds (43-41)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Kyle Lohse (R) (9-2) (3.079) vs. Alfredo Simon (R) (10-3) (2.805)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -117 / Milwaukee Brewers +107 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers look to extend their lead in the NL Central with a roaad win versus the Cincinnati Reds.
Milwaukee owns the best record in the National League with the offense and pitching coming together more often then not. The Brewers have not been strong in either area with three straight losses after a 7-4 loss at Toronto on Tuesday. The Brewers blew an early 4-1 lead with the pen giving up three 9th inning runs to snap a 4-4 tie. Wily Peralta gave up four runs in six frames before Brandon Kintzler inherited two runners and served up a three run jack. Ryan Braun led a seven hit attack with a pair of RBI's. Kyle Lohse looks to continue his hot pitching when he faces Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park. Lohse is 9-2 on the season with a 3.08 ERA with the Brewers going 13-4 in his outings.
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Cincinnati had been struggling to win over the majority of the first half of 2014 and much of their problems have revolved around injury issues and an offense that was far from consistent. The Reds have gotten healthier and the scoring has picked up although the bats have struggled in losing three in a row. A poor first inning by Johnny Cueto was enough to send the Reds to the loss with the ace allowing all three in a 3-0 defeat at San Diego. Cueto tossed seven innings overall and fell to 8-6 despite a 1.99 ERA. Cincy managed just three hits with Todd Frazier going 2-3. Cincinnati opens the series on the mound against visiting Milwaukee with a surging Alfredo Simon. Simon has been one reason the Reds have stayed afloat with a 10-3 record and 2.81 ERA.
The Reds have a chance to cut in to the Brewers division lead and Milwaukee can extend their lead in a huge series. I'm going with Simon who seems to rise to the occasion in this break out season...