Monday, May 7, 2012

Series preview: Milwaukee Brewers



The Redlegs (14-13) continue their 6-game roadie with a 3-game set in Milwaukee beginning Monday night. The meeting will mark the first between the NL Central foes this season. They split the season series (8-8) in 2011, however the Brewers (12-16) held the upper hand at Miller Park, winning four out of seven.

Ron Roenicke's squad limps home after dropping four of five to the likes of San Diego and San Francisco -- including a heartbreaking, extra-inning defeat to the hands of the Giants on Sunday. Meanwhile, Dusty Baker's bunch seems to be finding their groove after emerging victorious in five of their previous seven.

Will the Prince-less Brewers right the ship at home, or will the Reds continue to climb toward the top of the Central standings?

Here's a look at the game times, pitching probables and notes on the weekday series:

Mon (8:10pm) - Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 3.03) vs. Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 5.79)

Tues (8:10pm) - Homer Bailey (1-2, 3.77) vs. Marco Estrada (0-1, 3.71)

Wed (1:10pm) - Johnny Cueto (4-0, 1.31) vs. Zack Greinke (3-1, 4.11)

Notables:
- Cincinnati is 117-106-1 all-time versus Milwaukee.
- The Brew Crew currently rank 7th among the NL in runs (110), 2nd in homers (33), 15th in average (.229), 13th in OBP (.299), & 9th in steals (20).
- They also rank 15th in the league in team ERA (4.94), 15th in WHIP (1.53), 15th in BAA (.283), 5th in strikeouts (214) & 10th in FLD% (.981).
- Milwaukee enters play on Monday with the worst run differential in the entire league (-29). Only one other team in MLB has a worst differential than they do (Minnesota/-59).
- Wednesday's matinee should bode well for the Reds. Why? The Reds enter the series with the best daytime record of any team in baseball at 11-4. On the other hand, the Brewers currently boast the worst at 3-11.
- Cincinnati is just 1-3 in games played on either Monday's or Tuesday's this year. They've also won just three games played under the lights -- the fewest of any team in the bigs.

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