The weekend did not go the way the Milwaukee Brewers would've liked, losing 3 of 4 to the St. Louis Cardinals and dropping their record at Miller Park to just 3-8. Now they'll hope to get back on track against the last team they were able to win a series against -- the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds have also been scuffling over the past week, losing series to the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs since we've seen them last. Despite the string of losses that has dropped them to 10-9 coming into the series, they did hit well in the Cubs series, scoring 20 runs in the three-game set.
Eugenio Suarez, who hit a double and a triple in the Reds' lone win against the Brewers and homered in the series finale, has stayed hot. He collected six hits against the Cubs, including a two-homer day on Saturday. He comes into this series hitting .371/.458/.742 and leads the Reds with 1.6 WAR (both on Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference) already this year.
The Brewers took 3 of 4 from the then-first place Reds a little more than a week ago, thanks in large part to Eric Thames' 5 home runs during the series. The lone game Milwaukee lost in that series was one they probably shouldn't have -- a bullpen game for the Reds after starter Brandon Finnegan was forced to leave after one inning. Aside from Suarez, former Brewer Scooter Gennett also predictably hit well in that series, going 3-for-7 and driving in 2 runs in the lone Reds win.
Monday, 6:40 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Amir Garrett vs. Matt Garza
The Brewers didn't get to see Garrett in the previous series, and that may have been a good thing. The rookie left-hander is off to a good start to his big league career, striking out 28.4% of the batters he's faced to this point, including 12 in his last start. His 1.83 ERA leads the Reds, and isn't flukey, either -- his FIP of 2.03 is still great, too. Despite his 6'5" build, he doesn't light up the radar gun -- his fastball is averaging just 91.4 mph -- but he's used a changeup to neutralize right-handed batters and also throws a good curve.
Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. CDT, FS Wisconsin - Scott Feldman vs. Zach Davies
Feldman had a rough go of it in his first appearance against the Brewers, walking 5 batters over 5 innings, but escaping with only two runs allowed and a no-decision in what ended up being a 10-4 Milwaukee win. He bounced back with a strong start last Thursday, though, tossing 7 innings and allowing just one run on a solo homer against Baltimore. Davies, on the other hand, had another rough outing in his last start and is scuffling through a nightmare of a month, but did pitch fairly well (compared to his other starts) in his last matchup against the Reds, allowing 3 runs over 5 innings.
Wednesday, 12:40 p.m. CDT, MLB Network - Tim Adleman vs. Wily Peralta
Adleman makes another start in place of Finnegan, who went on the DL after his one-inning outing against the Brewers. He debuted last year as a 28-year-old rookie and made 13 starts with a 4.00 ERA (but a 5.30 FIP). He is coming off of a surprisingly solid start against the Cubs on Friday, though, allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings and striking out 7, which is about the best you can expect from a spot starter against the defending champions. The righty is another Reds pitcher that won't blow you away with velo, but has still thrown his fastball more than 60% of the time, only occasionally mixing in a curveball and changeup.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference