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Game Thread #53: Milwaukee Brewers (26-26) @ Cincinnati Reds (27-27)

Brandon Woodruff (2-4, 3.45 ERA) vs. Luis Castillo (3-5, 3.03 ERA)

Milwaukee Brewers v Cincinnati Reds
Nobody has hit more home runs at Great American Ballpark than Ryan Braun.
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Here we go.

The Brewers begin the last week of the regular season and their Earn-A-Playoff-Spot gauntlet tonight in Cincinnati.

The Reds will be throwing their best at the Brewers over the next few days — Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, and Trevor Bauer — in hopes of knocking Milwaukee back in the playoff race and claiming one of the playoff spots up for grabs for themselves.

Cincinnati comes into this series hot, winners of 8 of their last 10 games to get back to .500 and into the playoff conversation. The Brewers are winners of 4 straight.

Milwaukee will hope Ryan Braun still has some September magic left in his bat. After what may have been his last homestand as a Brewer, Braun now heads into what may be his last trip to a ballpark he’s historically owned. No visiting player has hit more home runs at Great American Ballpark, as Braun has put 28 in the seats in 98 career games there. He’d love to make it an even 30 (or more), which isn’t out of the question considering how he’s hitting this month, with a .400/.432/.875 line with 5 home runs and 2 doubles in 13 games.

He’s back in the lineup at DH tonight, with Big Dan Vogelbach getting another start in the field at first base after showing he’s truly a 5-tool player on Sunday.

First pitch is at 5:40 p.m. CDT. Lineups are below.