Brewers-Reds Preview

Posted by Dan

Pitching Matchups:

Monday – Capuano vs Harang

Tuesday – Gallardo vs Belisle

Wednesday – Suppan vs Lohse

Thursday – Bush vs Livingston

Monday: Capuano may have finally broken out of his funk (7 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5K) in his last start.  He’s 2-0 with a 3.79 ERA at the Great American Ballpark, and should neutralize the Reds power left handed bats (Griffey and Dunn mostly).  Harang, however, is just a stud.  The Crew is 9th in the league in K’s, and I don’t see anyway the Crew doesn’t whiff 8-10 times tomorrow, and being on the road, I think the Reds get this one.

Tuesday:

Gallardo has been awesome in his starts this year (2.13 ERA in 25.1 IP).  Belisle… hasn’t.  He has a 5.96 Home ERA this season, and is allowing nearly 1.5 HR/9 at the GAB.  I think the Crew takes this one and probably give Reds fans a few souveniers.

Wednesday:

Suppan has made 2 decent starts in a row for the Crew (5 IP/3 ER and 6 IP, 3 ER).  I’m going to hope Suppan turns things around at GAB however.  His line in 4 starts involves a 7.94 ERA and 1.85 WHIP.  Lohse is actually pitching slightly better than his 5-12, 4.71 line indicates, and nowhere is that more evident then at home.  He has a 2.67 ERA there this year.  I still don’t buy it, and if Suppan can give them a quality start I think (hope?) they take this one.

Thursday:

In his last 3 starts, Bush has a 3.32 ERA.  He’s been pitching well for a while now, with 6 QS in his past 9 turns (2 of the non QS were 6 IP, 4 ER outings). For the Reds, Bobby Livingston gets his 5th start.  In 200 Innings at AAA, Livingston posted an unimpressive 4.60/1.40 ERA and WHIP.  Hopepully, the Crew can rough him up a bit and take this series.

Prediction: I realize that has the Brewers taking 3 out of 4 on the road, which seems like a tall order (19-26 on the road this season), but the Reds are bad.  Cinncinati’s .414 Winning % is 2nd last in the league.  Even though all signs point to a series win here,  I’m not going to complain with a split.  All we can hope, is for David Eckstein to roll up his sleeves and sweep the Cubbies.

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3 responses to “Brewers-Reds Preview

  1. What the heck is this? A post about baseball? I want to read more about FSN Wisconsin and Harry Potter.

    But yeah, I have high hopes for this road trip. The Brewers face some pretty un-good pitchers. Matt Belisle, Bobby Livingston, Brad Thompson and Kip “I’m terrible” Wells.

    A guy I played baseball with tonight said, “The Brewers better go 7-1 on this trip,” which absurd to demand (When did they last sweep a road series, much less a four-gamer?). I do know that I’ll be disappointed if they go worse that 4-4, and I’m actually expecting a winning trip, which is asking a lot from a .422 road team.

  2. The last time they swept a 4 game series, August 25-28 2003 in Cincinnati. The Winning pitchers for the Crew were: Matt Kinney, Doug Davis, Valerio De Los Santos, and Wayne Franklin.

    So theres that. Actually the more years I went back, the less likely I thought it was I would find one.

  3. Pretty good on my call of game 1, ehh? ehh?

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