Milwaukee Battling for NL Central Lead
The Milwaukee Brewers try to make it two straight against the visiting Cincinnati Reds when the teams clash in the second of a three-game weekend series between division rivals on Saturday night. Milwaukee took the series opener on Friday, snapping a three-game losing streak, and is tied for the top spot in the division standings with the St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati is on a two-game losing streak and is tied with the Chicago Cubs for fourth place in the NL Central.
Bats Quiet Again For Reds
The Cincinnati Reds have been competitive over the last week, but they haven’t exactly been putting up big numbers on the scoreboard. Over the last five games, the Reds have not scored over three runs once, including a total of one run over the last two games, both losses.
Third baseman Kyle Farmer provided the only offense in Friday’s loss, driving in a run and finishing with two hits.
Second baseman Jonathan India was 1-for-5 in Friday’s contest, scoring Cincinnati’s only run.
Left-hander Nick Ludolo will make his ninth major league start on Saturday night. The 24-year-old is 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA, striking out 54 over 38⅓ innings. He took a no-decision in his last start, facing the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, allowing one run on four hits over six innings while striking out seven and walking two.
Brewers Strike Early
The Milwaukee Brewers had been struggling, losing three straight entering Friday’s game with the Cincinnati Reds, but Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor both went deep early to power the team to a 5-1 victory at home. Tellez had a two-run home run in the first inning, followed by Taylor’s three-run shot in the third, giving starter Eric Lauer plenty of cushion to cruise to a win.
“It’s way nicer pitching with a lead, pitching when you’re out in front,” Lauer said after Friday’s win in which he went seven innings and allowed one run. “You have some wiggle room. You can just go out there, pound the zone and really attack guys.”
Left-hander Aaron Ashby will try to put forth that same kind of outing when he gets the start on Saturday. The 24-year-old is 2-9 with a 4.13 ERA in 14 starts and 20 overall appearances, striking out 98 in 80⅔ innings. He’s lost his last three starts including a Sunday matchup with the Boston Red Sox in which he went 4⅔ innings and allowed five unearned runs on five hits while striking out six and walking three.
Tellez hit his team-high 22nd home run on Friday, upping his team-best RBI total to 70, which ranks ninth in the majors.
Reds vs Brewers Head-To-Head
The Milwaukee Brewers have dominated the season series thus far with the Cincinnati Reds, winning eight of the first 10 matchups. Milwaukee improved to 4-0 at home against Cincinnati with Friday’s win.
The dominance is a major difference from 2021, when Milwaukee took the season series by a 10-9 count, going 3-7 at American Family Field. A look at the MLB lines for Saturday show the Brewers are expected to continue that dominance with another win.
Reds vs Brewers Game Information
- Game: Reds (42-63) vs Brewers (58-48)
- Location: American Family Field
- Day/Time: Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Reds vs Brewers Betting Lines
|+160||8 -105o||3½ -130u|
|Brewers||-180||8 -115u||4½ -140u|
Reds vs Brewers Prediction
The Milwaukee Brewers haven’t been the most consistent offensive team of late, but they have some big bats in their lineup and they have something to play for. The Cincinnati Reds just don’t have enough to keep up with the division-leading Brewers in this one.
When making your MLB picks, take Milwaukee to get the home win.