Last night’s Game 1 ended in a 5-1 win for the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds and ended the Brewers’ four-game losing streak. As for the Reds, this was their second straight loss following a four-game winning streak.
Now in Game 2, the Brewers will be starting Aaron Ashby, who has lost his last four starts, while the Reds will be sending out Nick Lodolo, who has won four of his last five starts. This season, the Reds are 42-63 for fifth in the NL Central, while the Brewers are first in the NL Central with a 58-48 record.
The Brewers are the current favorite on the moneyline with -190 odds, while the Reds are +160 on the moneyline as underdogs. As the favorite this year, the Brewers are 31-53 while the Reds are 41-42 as the underdog. The O/U for this game is at 9.0.
Cincinnati Reds Hope For More Runs
Over the course of the season, the Cincinnati Reds have not been known to be one of the better hitting teams, and recently it has shown.
Over their last five games, the Reds have scored just nine runs and just one in their last two games. Their 1.8 per game average is much lower than their season average of 4.2, which is 18th in the league.
On defense, things haven’t been much better as they’ve allowed the third most runs and are averaging 5.2 against per game.
Over their last five games, this number has significantly dropped as they are averaging 2.4 runs against in that span.
Prior to this series, the Reds were on a four-game losing streak but now find themselves trying to avoid a three-game losing streak.
Starting pitcher Lodolo will need to carry this team as he’s allowed just three runs in his last two starts despite his season ERA of 4.23.
Milwaukee Brewers Need Better Pitching
After last night’s win, the Milwaukee Brewers broke their four-game losing streak and allowed less than two runs for the first time since 7/29.
Now looking to keep a four-game home winning streak alive, the Brewers look to get on the right track again with their 27-20 home record.
Over the last five games, the Brewers have allowed 26 runs for a 5.2 average per game. On the year, they are averaging less than 5.2 as they are 15th with 4.3 runs per game average.
When hitting, the Brewers have been one of the league’s best as they’ve scored the sixth most runs and average 4.7 per game. Over their last five games, they’ve stayed consistent with 21 runs for a 4.2 average.
Ashby has struggled this season with a 2-9 record and an ERA of 4.13. With his own four-game losing streak, can he follow the team and end it?
Looking at the standings, these two teams are totally opposites as the Reds are at the bottom of the division while the Brewers are the leaders in the same division.
Although the standings say otherwise, the Reds have been playing solid baseball lately, with a four-game winning streak just ending and winning three of their last five games. The Brewers have not looked as good as normal after ending a four-game losing streak and winning just one of their last five games.
On the mound tonight, things get interesting as the Reds are starting Lodolo, who is 3-3 with an ERA of 4.23. Lodolo has allowed nine earned runs in his last five starts and just three in his last two. For the Brewers, Ashby has struggled with a 2-9 record and an ERA of 4.13.
In Ashby’s last five starts, he has won just one game while allowing seven earned runs. Despite differing results, these two pitchers have been solid lately, with a combined 3.2 runs per game.
With that statistic comes the pick for this game, as I don’t see many runs occurring in this one. Both pitchers have allowed low-run games, and on top of that, the Reds are struggling to score runs on offense with a 1.8 average over the last five games.
This game could easily result similar to last night’s 5-1 win. Take the under.
Pick: Under 9 (-110)
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