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Today's Matchup: Milwaukee (Estrada) at Cincinnati (Reynolds)

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This season has not gone the way that Marco Estrada (4.80 ERA, 4.61 FIP) wanted it to. Coming into the year as the Brewers second or third starter, Estrada had a 5.32 ERA before going down with an injury in June and missing two months. Most of Peralta's numbers look good: A 1.251 WHIP isn't bad, and a 7.71 K/9 with a 1.98 BB/9 is great. The problem is that Estrada has allowed a lot of home runs. If he could cut down on those, he would be doing much better this season, as evidenced by his 3.84 xFIP.

Estrada has looked good since coming back, with two good starts and one poor one. He has taken on potential playoff teams, too, with starts against Texas and St. Louis.

Estrada has faced five Reds hitters at least 10 times. Here is how they have fared:

Player PA Line
Jay Bruce 16 .429/.500/1.357
Brandon Phillips 15 .400/.400/.667
Joey Votto 13 .364/.462/.818
Zack Cozart 11 .273/.273/.818
Ryan Ludwick 10 .100/.100/.100

Greg Reynolds (9.00 ERA, 3.83 FIP) is making his second start for the Reds this season, filling in for the injured Tony Cingrini. Reynolds is the kind of player who will be in the minors for most of his career, but has been called up occasionally when the Reds need a quick fix. He made 13 starts for the team in 2008, when he was still a prospect. Then he made it back to the majors in 2011 when he made 13 appearances mostly in relief. Now, in 2013 he is pitching in his second game this season as a 27-year-old.

Reynolds is in the midst of his best minor league campaign yet, putting up a 2.42 ERA over 21 starts and two relief appearances in Triple-A. His latest outing on Tuesday saw him throw a complete game, allowing five hits and a run. \

Reynolds has never faced a current Brewer at least 10 times.

Lineup:

2B Scooter Gennett
SS Jean Segura
C Jonathan Lucroy
3B Aramis Ramirez
CF Carlos Gomez
LF Khris Davis
RF Caleb Gindl
1B Juan Francisco
P Marco Estrada

In the bullpen:

  • Rob Wooten pitched one inning (9 pitches) Friday.
  • Brandon Kintzler pitched one inning (14 pitches) Friday.
  • Jim Henderson pitched one inning (18 pitches) Friday.
  • John Axford pitched one inning (28 pitches) yesterday.
  • Michael Gonzalez pitched 0.2 innings (19 pitches) yesterday.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched 0.1 innings (13 pitches) yesterday.
  • Tyler Thornburg pitched one inning (10 pitches) yesterday.