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Game Thread #127: Cincinnati Reds (55-69) @ Milwaukee Brewers (69-57)

Wins are of the essence

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
Yay! x 3, I hope
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The Milwaukee Brewers (69-57) have an opportunity to make up some ground on their rivals (too numerous to list) tonight when they host the Cincinnati Reds (55-69) at Miller Park. (Actually, one of their main rivals - the Cubs - have the day off, while the other, the Cards, will be in LA to take on the Dodgers.) These are wins that the Crew just can’t fritter away.

While the Reds can’t really pitch much, at least in the starting rotation, they have some good bullpen arms and a solid line-up, even without the injured Joey Votto. Homer Bailey is exhibit ‘A’ for that poor rotation, and he is 1-10 with an ERA of 6.33. His WHIP is 1.62.

Chase Anderson chases his eighth win (he’s 7-7, 3.07). A Brewer win puts them at 70 wins and the Reds at 70 losses. I have an affinity for symmetry.

Manny Pina returns to the Brewer starting line-up; Eric Thames is still not starting...which is too bad, facing the Reds and all.

Cincinnati Reds

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

2. Jose Peraza (R) SS

3. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B

4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B

5. Preston Tucker (L) LF

6. Phillip Ervin (R) RF

7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C

8. Brandon Dixon (R) 1B

9. Homer Bailey (R) P

Milwaukee Brewers

1. Christian Yelich (L) RF

2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF

3. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

4. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B

5. Travis Shaw (L) 2B

6. Ryan Braun (R) LF

7. Jonathan Schoop (R) SS

8. Manny Pina (R) C

9. Chase Anderson (R) P