Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 24, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
Milwaukee Brewers -155 / Cincinnati Reds +135
The Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers meet in the finale of their three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Miller Park on Wednesday.
The Cincinnati Reds will look to complete the sweep of the Brewers after taking the first two games of the series including a 14-6 win in game two on Tuesday. Phillip Ervin and Eugenio Suarez each had three RBIs with Suarez going 3 for 4 with a home run and a double while Ervin had a triple. Joey Votto, Jose Peraza and Jesse Winker each had two RBIs with Votto and Winker both homering while Votto added a double as well. Scooter Gennet and Ryan Lavarnway each had two hits and an RBI to round out Cincinati’s scoring as a team in the win with Lavarnway adding a double as well. Jose Iglesias went 2 for 5 while Nick Senzel and Yasiel Puig each added base hits as well in the win. Tanner Roark got the win to improve to 6-6 on the year after giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Sal Romano closed out the final three innings for his 1st save of the season. Lucas Sims will start the finale and is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Sims’ first career start against Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Tuesday. Manny Pina went 2 for 2 with a home run and four RBIs while Lorenzo Cain went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI and Christian Yelich added an RBI as well to finish off Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the loss. Yasmani Grandal went 2 for 3 while Orlando Arcia, Keston Hiura and Tyler Saladino each had a base hit as well in the defeat. Zach Davies took the loss, falling to 8-3 on the year after allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits while striking out seven over four innings of work. Jhoulys Chacin will start game three and is 3-10 with a 5.67 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. In his career, Chacin is 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA and 58 strikeouts against Cincinnati.
Cincinnati is 6-17 in their last 23 Wednesday games and 3-9 in their last 12 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 49-23-4 in their last 76 games against a team with a winning record. Milwaukee is 3-13 in Chacin’s last 16 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 division games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Cincinnati is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I genuinely don’t know what to make of Sims in a starting role as he’s pitched just 2.1 innings since the end of May and has just one start under his belt this season. However, Cincinnati has been the better team in the first two games of the series and in all fairness, backing Chacin isn’t really an option as he hasn’t won a start since the end of April and is coming off of a start in which he allowed seven runs, six earned in just 2.1 innings of work. Granted a lot of those losses came on the road, but I still think that given how the first two games have played out, the plus money is worth a shot on Wednesday for the sweep.