The Cincinnati Reds (69-58) will attempt to recover from a painful lead over the Milwaukee Brewers (77-49) at 8:10 pm tonight. The Reds play 8.5 games back in NL Central on Wednesday. The Reds still hold the NL’s second wildcard place with a lead of 1.0 as the Padres lost again last night. The Padres lost 10 out of 12.
Luis CastilloThe last two starts have been great (13.2 IP, 4 R, 3 BB, 15 K). Castillo had a bad start in Cleveland, but has otherwise been a completely dominant SP since the beginning of June with 2.73 ERA. Castillo has a 3.26 ERA in 16 career starts against the Brewers (2.79 ERA in 5 starts this season).
Brandon Woodruff got his worst start to the season against the Cardinals: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 HR. Overall, however, like his teammate Corbin Burnes yesterday, Woodruff is seriously considered for the NL Cy Young. Woodruff’s numbers have been steadily improving over the past 3 seasons. He has a career of 3.45 ERA in 8 starts against the Reds (1.54 ERA in 2 starts this season).
News and notices
All-Star OF Nick Castellanos is likely to win 34m in 2 years * Not counting Chris Taylor or Kris Bryant who play everywhere) @MLBNetzwerk
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 25, 2021
David Bell says Jesse is rehabilitating Winker in Cincinnati. “No baseball, no swinging or anything like that yet.”
“A few more weeks away.”
– Charlie Goldschmied (@CharlieG__) August 25, 2021
David Bell says there will be a lot more information on Tejay Antone “the next day or so.”
– Jeremy Rauch (@ FOX19Jeremy) August 25, 2021
Hunter Greene was phenomenal.
End line: 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K pic.twitter.com/NdRFIdiRXL
– Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) August 25, 2021
The Reds’ chances of winning NL Central are a very meager 1.6%, according to Fangraphs. The Reds really have to win those next two games to stand a chance should the Brewers wear off quickly. After a Brewers breakdown, these games really are no more important than the upcoming Reds against the Marlins, Cubs, Pirates or Tigers. The Reds just need to find a way to win as many games as the Padres the rest of the way. Go reds!