Reds (26-22) v. Brewers (29-20)

Well, it looks like several of my thoughts an analysis from yesterday’s post came true.  Dave Bush continues to not pitch well against the Reds throughout his career.  He was lucky to only give up 5 runs in the 4 innings he threw yesterday.  Also, the Brewers offense is built as a home run hitting team, which most everyone already knows.  This is when they are most efficient and produce their highest scoring games.  They scored their first 6 runs yesterday via the home run ball, good for 67% of their total runs.  This is when the Brewers are at their best, not when they have to rely on manufacturing runs.  It was absolutely great to see them pound out 16 hits.  Counsell, Hart and Prince all had 3 hits a piece and hell Bill Hall even got a hit.  After Bush’s horrible outing, the bullpen was fantastic.  Combined they threw 5 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 6.  For those who haven’t noticed, Villanueva has been really solid since his rough start to the year.  Of course this coincides with Trevor coming off the DL.  Take a look at Villy’s numbers over his last 10 appearances:

  • 10 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 15 K.  I promise you these numbers are legit and unbelievable.  Villy has been great.  Over this span, he has lowered his ERA from just under 7 to 3.75.

The Crew will go for the sweep today.  Here is a preview:

On paper, you really have to like this matchup in favor of the Brewers.  Yovani will try and complete the sweep for the Brewers.  If he pitches anything like he did last time out, a win should be attainable.  Yo is coming off his masterful 8 inning 2 hit performance, in which he matched Chris Carpenter pitch for pitch.  Yo has been superb in 7 of his 9 starts this year.  You really can’t ask him to do any more than he has done so far.  This will be the third time this year that Micah Owings will face the Brewers.  In my opinion, Owing is more feared as a hitter then a pitcher.  Owings career numbers against the Brewers are not very good.  In 4 career starts, he is 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA against the Crew.  Overall this year, Owings is 3-5 with a 4.78 ERA.  Opponents are hitting .271 off him.  Like I said, I like this matchup and am very hopeful for a sweep.  Go Brewers!!

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