Taylor Jungmann (7-5, 2.66 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers (53-74) go up against Raisel Iglesias (3-5, 3.93 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (52-73) in the first of a three-game division series at Miller Park. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 28 and will air on FSOH and FSWI.
In his last start, Jungmann pitched 4.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out five and walking three in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals. Khris Davis (.237, 35 Rs, 17 HRs, 45 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Reds were also unsuccessful the last time Iglesias pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing one, striking out 13 and walking three in a 4-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. Todd Frazier (.265, 69 Rs, 29 HRs, 75 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Brewers have an SU record of 19-28 against teams in their division. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Brewers has gone great. Over that span, Milwaukee is averaging 5.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.0. Milwaukee's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.0 during that span, compared to its 4.5 season average.
Against teams in their division, the Reds are 22-26 SU. The Reds have racked up 113 steals on the year, making them the most threatening base-running team in the league. Shifting to the pitching staff, they allow just 8.1 hits per road game, good for third in the NL.
The Brewers will take on a right-hander (Iglesias) in this game and have a 38-60 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Reds will be the right-hander Jungmann. They sport a 40-54 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cin
The Brewers are 19-28 against their divisional rivals, while the Reds are 22-26 against their division.
Cincinnati won its last game in a shutout, its seventh of the season. Milwaukee has been shut out 14 times this season.
The Brewers managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Reds who are coming in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 8-51. The Brewers have a 10-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, Milwaukee has hit 116 this season. Cincinnati ranks ninth with 132 home runs.
Milwaukee and Cincinnati both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Milwaukee sits at 10th with 8.43 hits per game and Cincinnati ranks seventh with 8.57.
Ranking 23rd, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.699). Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .713.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 23-57, well-matched with the Brewers who are 31-52 when allowing at least one homer.