The Reds haven't won 90 games in a season since 1999. The Brewers (2-9 against the Reds this season) haven't won less than five games against a divisional opponent in a season since 2003.
Something has to give.
Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and more!
Travis Wood (3.46 ERA, 3.38 FIP) is:
- Just 23 years old, and making his 17th start in his major league debut season.
- Facing the Brewers for the second time. On July 28 he pitched the first five innings in a 10-2 Reds win, allowing both Brewer runs on five hits and striking out six.
- Pretty good in September, posting a 3.30 ERA in the month. Despite that fact, the Reds are 0-4 in his last four appearances.
- The owner of a 90.0 mph average fastball, plus a cutter, change, curve and slider (listed in order of percentage used). The fastball, cutter and change have all been above average this season.
Mark Rogers (0.00 ERA, 2.89 FIP) is:
- Making his fourth major league appearance and second start tonight.
- Coming off three hitless innings against the Marlins a week ago today, and two hitless relief appearances before that.
- The subject of this post from Jordan, with a first look at his stuff.
- Expected to throw around 75 pitches, and be followed to the mound by Jeremy Jeffress.
With KC's 100th RBI out of the way, the line-up goes back to normal:
2B Rickie Weeks
RF Corey Hart
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
CF Lorenzo Cain
SS Alcides Escobar
C Jonathan Lucroy
P Mark Rogers
And in the bullpen:
Carlos Villanueva pitched .1 innings (5 pitches) last night, and pitched in game one Wednesday.
Todd Coffey pitched .2 innings (21 pitches) last night.
Brandon Kintzler pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) last night.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) in the 2nd game yesterday.
Mike McClendon pitched 1.1 innings (26 pitches) in the 2nd game Wednesday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) in the 1st game Wednesday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (11 pitches) in the first game Wednesday.
Manny Parra pitched 2.2 innings (36 pitches) in the first game Wednesday.
Jeremy Jeffress pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) on Sunday.
Enjoy the game!