Cincinnati Reds (11-17) at Milwaukee Brewers (13-15)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
Wade Miley (0-3) (9.72) vs. Josh Lindblom (1-1) (6.65)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +115 / Cincinnati Reds -124 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers meet Thursday in MLB action from Miller Park.
This will be the final matchup of a four-game set between these teams this week, and the second game of a Thursday doubleheader. This will be a makeup of the Wednesday game, which was rained out. The Brewers took the first two games 4-2 and 3-2. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Cincinnati’s offense hasn’t quite taken off like some people thought it would this season so far. There are a few relative bright spots in the order, like Nick Castellanos and his nine homers and 20 RBI. That said, guys like Eugenio Suarez (.158 BA) and Joey Votto (.191 BA) haven’t gotten things going yet. As a matter of fact, Castellanos has double the number of RBI than any other member of the team.
For the Thursday game two, the Reds will be sending out Wade Miley in the start. In his three starts so far this year, Miley is 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA and eight strikeouts in 8.3 innings. Last year with Houston, Miley went 14-6 with a 3.98 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 167.3 innings.
Over on the Brewers’ side, they’ve produced a mixed bag offensively this season so far, and don’t have a whole lot of consistency across their lineup. Keston Hiura leads Milwaukee with 16 RBI and seven home runs, but is hitting a paltry .243 with only two other extra-base hits. Christian Yelich is struggling as well with a .200 batting average, but does have seven homers and 15 RBI.
In Thursday’s game two start, the Brewers are sending out Josh Lindblom. Over five starts so far this year, Lindblom is 1-1 with a 6.65 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. Over his MLB career, Lindblom is 6-9 with a 4.43 ERA and 163 Ks in 168.2 innings.
The Reds are 4-1 in their last five second games of a doubleheader and 16-36 in their last 52 road games versus a team with a losing record. Cincinnati is 5-15 in their last 20 during game four of a series and the under is 4-1-1 in their last six second games of a doubleheader.
Meanwhile, the Brewers are 6-0 in their last six during game four of a series and 4-1 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. The under is 10-2-1 in the Brewers’ last 13 Thursday games and the over is 15-5-1 in their last 21 during game four of a series.
Pick: I’m leaning Brewers here, but it’s close. Doubleheaders are always sketchy to try and pin down, as you can never be sure of lineups and relievers. Going off what we know, Lindblom looked pretty good in Saturday’s appearance in Pittsburgh and was pulled after 68 pitches but could have gone much further. He should have plenty of length in this one. I don’t have much confidence in Cincinnati’s offense lately, so Milwaukee looks better to me in this one.