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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick & Prediction MAY 11TH 2022

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Logo Milwaukee Brewers
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Logo Cincinnati Reds
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OPENNER
9

-1.5 -130
CURRENT
9o -105

-180
MONEYLINE
+170

11
SCORE
14

The visiting Milwaukee Brewers, fresh from snapping a season-high three-game losing skid, battle the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber game of the three-game series in a Wednesday matinee.

Milwaukee has captured four of the first five meetings this season. Cincinnati, which went 0-7-1 in its first eight series of the season, is looking for its second straight series victory.

The Brewers send right-hander Adrian Houser (3-2, 3.42 ERA) to the mound; he is looking to build on a personal three-game winning streak. Houser, who will make his sixth start of the season and second straight against the Reds, earned the win last Thursday in a 10-5 decision in Milwaukee.

Houser was charged with five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits over five innings and 92 pitches. After losing his first two starts despite a 2.89 ERA, the 29-year-old has won his last three, posting a 3.71 ERA.

In 12 career appearances (nine starts) against Cincinnati, Houser is 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA, including 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA in four starts last season. In Cincinnati, Houser is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA in six career starts.

The Reds will counter with a pitcher trying to avoid making some dubious franchise history. Right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (0-5, 8.86) has lost all five starts to open 2022, matching Joey Jay (1963) and Frank Dwyer (1899) as the only Cincinnati pitchers to lose five starts to open a season.

While Gutierrez has thrown at least four innings in all five starts, his results have been progressively worse. Since allowing two runs in his first start, on April 9 in Atlanta, Gutierrez has allowed three, three, six and seven.

The Brewers tagged Gutierrez for seven earned runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in 4 1/3 innings. Gutierrez is 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee, striking out 15 but walking nine in 23 1/3 innings.

The Reds' pitching staff has been reinforced with the return of ace Luis Castillo and the effective outing of Hunter Greene on Tuesday against the Brewers. More help could be on the way by the end of the month.

Veteran lefty Mike Minor was sent on a rehab assignment on Tuesday -- the first of two scheduled starts at Triple-A Louisville. There is no target date yet for his Reds debut, but that could change if things go well in his second scheduled rehab start Sunday.

"We could definitely add to that, but those two are scheduled," Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell said.

Minor threw live batting practice to hitters last week at Single-A Dayton. On April 13, Minor had to abandon a rehab start with Double-A Chattanooga when his shoulder soreness returned.

The Brewers also added pitching reinforcements, recalling right-hander J.C. Mejia from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday to bolster their bullpen. To make room, the club optioned right-hander Jandel Gustave to Nashville.

Mejia, acquired for a minor-leaguer in a trade with Cleveland last November, has 17 major-league appearances and 11 starts on his resume. He couldn't make the big-league roster out of spring training in Arizona.

"I think with how spring training worked, it hurt a guy like him," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Just had to prioritize certain things in spring training, and I think some of the things he wanted to accomplish got pushed to the back burner as far as how much we could get him out there and things like that."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Milwaukee Brewers
8
5
Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds Recap MAY 11TH 2022

Tyler Stephenson doubled twice in the first two innings and drove in four runs to power the Cincinnati Reds past the visiting Milwaukee Brewers 14-11 Wednesday afternoon.

Christian Yelich became the fifth player since 1900 with three career cycles when he tripled in Milwaukee's six-run ninth. All three have been at the expense of the Reds. Hunter Renfroe also homered twice for the Brewers, who fell to 2-4 on their current nine-game road trip.

Trailing 14-5 entering the ninth, the NL Central-leading Brewers fell short of the biggest comeback in franchise history.

The rubber-game win gave Cincinnati its second straight series win after going winless in its first eight of the season.

Colin Moran homered for the fourth time in four games and drove in three while Tyler Naquin went 2-for-4 and also had three RBIs for the Reds, who received a much-needed cushion with a six-run eighth.

Brewers starter and loser Adrian Houser (3-3) was victimized by shoddy fielding in the first inning as the Reds raced out to a 3-0 lead.

Brewers third baseman Luis Urias backed up on a routine Tommy Pham grounder and allowed the ball to pass under his belt-high glove for an error, putting runners at first and second.

With two outs, Stephenson doubled home T.J. Friedl to put the Reds up 1-0. Following a Moran walk, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and Renfroe, the right fielder, watched Naquin's fly ball fall on the warning track for a three-run triple. The misplay gave Cincinnati a 4-0 lead after one inning.

Houser walked a pair of batters after Friedl's one-out bunt single in the second. The Reds took full advantage as Stephenson's second double cleared the bases with two outs, putting Cincinnati ahead 7-0.

Houser was pulled after four innings, allowing seven runs - three earned - on six hits, striking out three and walking four.

Reds starter Vladimir Gutierrez appeared in line for his first win after five losses in as many starts to open 2022. But after Yelich's two-out single put runners at first and third in the fifth inning, the right-hander was pulled for Alexis Diaz (1-0), who hit Rowdy Tellez before striking out Urias to end the rally.

Gutierrez, who fell one out shy of qualifying for the win, was tagged for four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two.

Diaz, the brother of New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, earned his first career win, striking out two and walking one in 1 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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