Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 5/4/14
Milwaukee Brewers (21-9) at Cincinnati Reds (13-16)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
Kyle Lohse (R) (4-1) (2.700) vs. Alfredo Simon (R) (4-1) (1.604)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -127 / Milwaukee Brewers +117 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Reds and Brewers meet up in Cincinnati as the league leading Brew Crew look to extend their division lead with a win.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been the surprise of the Major Leagues thus far and they can continue their unprecedented run to start the season with another road victory over their division rivals from Cincinnati. Milwaukee had a tough go last season without the services of Ryan Braun for most of the year but a breakout campaign from Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura picked up the slack and the acquisition of Kyle Lohse who gets the ball today has been one of the more underrated moves in the last couple of seasons. The Brewers have been pasting teams as they can do it with their offense and their defense and against a hard hitting team like the Reds they’ll need Lohse to be on point and have their defensive game in check if they want to come away victorious. Lohse will be going up against Alfredo Simon who has looked very solid on the bump so far this season and has done a very nice job complimenting the front end of the Reds’ rotation.
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Cincinnati has a very dangerous lineup as they can swing for the fences as well as any team in the Majors with the likes of Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, and Jay Bruce leading the way but as we saw yesterday the Reds have some of the best arms in the game as Johnny Cueto looked very solid and youngster Tony Cingrani is a very tough out when healthy and will be a huge part of this team’s core moving forward. The Reds have underachieved a little bit so far this season as they sit two games under .500 and are a comfortable margin behind the Brewers for the division lead but baseball is a grind and the law of averages should bring the Reds back up to where they should be and that is competing for a division title or at the very least a wild card spot. This is a tough game to call as Lohse has been very serviceable for the Brewers and is coming off a very tough outing while the Reds are bound to respond at some point and get Simon on the hill who has looked very good so far. While the Brewers have been able to win without Braun in the lineup and were limited to just three hits yesterday I like this spot for the home side as they seem to be getting their bats going and I see this as another victory for Cincy.