The Cincinnati Reds (15-14) and Milwaukee Brewers (13-17) will end a three-game National League Central series on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 ET
Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati will look to bounce back from an 8-3 road defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, as the club aims to win the three-game series before heading home to host the Washington Nationals over the weekend. The Reds saw their impressive streak of 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings by the bullpen ended on Tuesday night, as the group came in leading the NL with a 2.34 ERA. Cincinnati is 0-4 as a road underdog of +100 to +125.
Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (4-0, 1.31 ERA) has won three consecutive starts, coming off a 6-1 road win over the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out. He allowed one run and seven hits in a complete-game effort. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA in three road outings, issuing just four walks and striking out 16 in 22.1 combined frames. In nine career starts versus the Brewers, Cueto is 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA, including an 0-2 mark and 6.86 ERA in two appearances in this ball park.
Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night, as the club moved its record to 9-13 when facing right-handed starters. The Brewers have lost four of their last five series, including their last three in a row, which may start to concern its leader in the clubhouse. “You don’t know what game is going to turn it around,” stated Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. “I know we’re going to turn it around, and hopefully this is the start.” Milwaukee is 3-11 in day games this year, with the “over” going 7-6 in those contests.
Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (3-1, 4.11 ERA) has led the club to five wins in his six starts, coming off a no-decision effort on the road against the San Francisco Giants, giving up four runs (three earned) and seven hits over 5.1 frames. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three home starts, pushing his record to 13-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 18 career starts as a Brewer inside Miller Park. Greinke is set to face the Reds for the fifth time, posting a 3-0 mark and 2.57 ERA, including a 2-0 record and 2.37 ERA in three efforts a year ago.
Bettors will likely back the Reds due to their 10-4 record versus right-handed starters, while the Brewers are 1-6 in the third game of a series.
Pick: Cincinnati Reds +105
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