Brewers @ Reds
The Brewers were shut out for just the fourth time in 2008 Sunday in Atlanta but are now 11-2 in their last 13 road games overall (since July 1). With another road series win, the good road karma is still intact as the Brew Crew is set to begin a three game series at Great American Ballpark versus the Reds Monday.
It will be strange seeing the Reds without Ken Griffey, Jr. who was traded last week for Nick Masset and Danny Richar. Richar is in AAA while Masset will be in the Reds bullpen.
Cincinnati is 5-4 against Milwaukee in 2008–however, the Brewers have won four of their last five games at Great American Ball Park (dating to last season).
The Reds were swept three straight by the Nationals over the weekend and are now just 1-8 in their last nine games overall.
Bronson Arroyo is 6-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 10 career starts against the Brewers. Overall, Arroyo has won each of his last three home starts and posted a 2.14 ERA in those outings.
Manny Parra has faced the Reds once in his career, allowing five runs (four earned) in 6.1 innings and earning a no-decision on July 11. Parra has pitched well on the road of late, going 4-0 and posting a 3.25 ERA in his last six starts away from Miller Park.
Adam Dunn has 31 career home runs against the Brewers–most of any player in baseball since the beginning of 2001 (Dunn’s first MLB season).
Starting pitching has been an issue all season for the Reds but their bullpen can be dangerous, especially late:
Starters: 5.14 – 2nd highest in NL (Pit 5.83)
Bullpen: 3.52 – 3rd lowest in NL
Despite catching quite a bit this year, Jason Kendall still looks and feels strong. He has thrown out 26 of 63 runners attempting to steal this season (41.3%) after throwing out just 13 of 124 runners last season (10.5%).
Reds Injury Report:
Aaron Harang (strained right forearm) was scratched from his scheduled start July 5, but started July 8 at Chicago. An MRI revealed a strain and he ultimately went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 9.
Jared Burton (strained right lat) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 11.
Ryan Freel (partially torn right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list June 4, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 31. He had surgery July 23, and he will miss another four to six weeks.
Norris Hopper (torn ligament in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list July 2 and was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 17. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery July 8.
Alex Gonzalez (compression fracture in left knee) opened the season on the 15-day disabled list and was transferred to the 60-day DL. He had season-ending surgery July 7.
All three games versus Cincinnati will be on FSN Wisconsin with John Walsh producing and Michael Oddino directing. Brian Mikolajek will handle Brett Favre updates.
Have a great week!