Wily Peralta (0-1, 4.50 ERA) and Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, 1.38 ERA) take the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers (2-10) and the Cincinnati Reds (5-7) at Miller Park. The Brewers come into this series hoping to snap a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:20 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 20 and can be seen on FSN-OH and FSN-WI.
Peralta is 3-3 with a 2.88 ERA in his appearances against the Reds, and goes up against a below-average Cincinnati offense which is batting just .219 this season. Adam Lind (.300, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. When pitching against the Brewers, DeSclafani is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, and one strike out. Joey Votto (.364, 8 Rs, 4 HRs, 10 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Reds, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Milwaukee is a -127 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Brewers have recorded an overall money line of -883 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 1-5. Milwaukee has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 1-2 and 2-7 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Brewers are the top team in the NL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 1.2 walks per contest to their opponents this season.
Over in the other dugout, Cincinnati is coming in with an overall money line of -56 and a disappointing record of 3-5 as the underdog. They are 3-5 as the underdog against fellow NL Central members, and 5-6 SU. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 13 stolen bases.
The Brewers have a bad 1-4 record at home (2-7 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when DeSclafani takes the mound. Peralta (RHP) will be on the hill against the Reds, who have a 4-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Under
The Brewers currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 2-7, and the Reds have a 5-7 record.
Milwaukee recorded at least two errors for the third time this season.
The Reds are 1-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Brewers are 0-1 in such matchups.
The Reds are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Brewers have a 0-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Reds are 2-3. The Brewers have a 1-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Milwaukee has earned 30 this season. Cincinnati ranks 25th with 37 runs.
Ranking 29th, Milwaukee is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 23 this season. Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 33.
When the Brewers hit at least one home run, they are 1-2. When the Reds hit at least one homer, they have a 4-4 record.