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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: Bally Sports Network
Logo Milwaukee Brewers
VS
Logo Cincinnati Reds
-180
OPENNER
7.5

-1.5 -125
CURRENT
7.5o -120

-205
MONEYLINE
+188

10
SCORE
2

Last time the Milwaukee Brewers missed the playoffs, Ryan Braun was their starting left fielder, Brandon Woodruff was a rookie and Eric Thames and Travis Shaw led the team with 31 homers apiece.

Flash forward five years later, and the Brewers are once again at risk of having their season end in early October.

Milwaukee will look to keep its playoff hopes alive when it visits the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday in the penultimate contest of a four-game series.

The Brewers (81-70) find themselves on the outside of a tightly contested National League wild-card race. Milwaukee sits 2 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies (83-67), who hold the second NL wild-card spot, and two games back of the San Diego Padres (83-68), who sit in the third and final wild-card position.

However, Milwaukee could be peaking at the right time. The Brewers have won eight of their past 12 games after taking down the Reds 5-3 on Friday night. The Milwaukee bullpen was dominant, as four relievers combined to yield just one unearned run on two hits through 6 1/3 innings.

"They do an amazing job. They did an amazing job (Friday)," Brewers designated hitter Andrew McCutchen said. "That's what makes them special. So, they knew what they needed to do, they knew the job that they were going to have going into (Friday)."

Right-hander Corbin Burnes (10-8, 3.12 ERA) will look to help the Brewers maintain their momentum on Saturday.

Burnes is 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA against Cincinnati in 13 career appearances (three starts). In his lone outing against the Reds this year, he allowed one run on two hits through six innings while walking two and striking out nine in a no-decision on Aug. 7.

To counter the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, Cincinnati will send out Graham Ashcraft (5-3, 3.97 ERA). The rookie right-hander is making his first major league start since returning from a five-week injured-list stint caused by biceps soreness.

In his most recent major league outing, Ashcraft went 6 2/3 innings on Aug. 19, allowing three runs on nine hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He walked one and fanned eight.

Ashcraft is 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA against Milwaukee in two starts this year, his first major league campaign.

"I just got to keep pounding the strike zone and getting ground balls like I've been doing," Ashcraft told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That'd be the biggest thing to end the year strong and go into next year in a positive way."

The odds aren't in Ashcraft's favor, though, as the Reds (59-92) have dropped their past four meetings with the Brewers. Cincinnati is just 5-12 against Milwaukee this season.

Offense has been especially hard to come by as of late for Cincinnati, which has scored no more than three runs in 10 of its past 13 games.

However, one of the team's newest additions hopes to change that.

Outfielder Mike Siani was selected from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday as a replacement for Nick Senzel, who will miss the rest of the season with a toe injury. Siani went 0-for-3 in his major league debut on Thursday, but he provided some pop in the minors, hitting 14 homers during his time with Double-A Chattanooga and Louisville.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Milwaukee Brewers
5
3
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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