Brewers at Reds Preview and Pick: National League Central rivals are meeting up in Cincinnati this weekend as the Reds are hosting the Milwaukee Brewers. These teams have split the first two games of the series, and the rubber match will take place Sunday afternoon.
With the win on Saturday afternoon, the Brewers improved their record to 22-23 on the year. Milwaukee has spent some time on top of the MLB Central Division this season, but they find themselves in third place at this time.
Cincinnati has now lost five of their last six games, and they are just 20-24 on the year. The Reds looked like a playoff contender in the month of April, but May has not been as kind to the team from Cincinnati.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the betting favorites on Sunday at -118, and the over/under for total runs is set at just 8.0.
Brewers at Reds Preview and Pick: Milwaukee Missing Offense
The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the worst offensive teams in baseball this season, and that’s why they are struggling to win in May. Milwaukee has scored four runs in each game this series, and that could mean that they are starting to figure some things out.
Former MVP Christian Yelich is back in the lineup for Milwaukee, but he is still struggling at the plate. The Brewers are hitting just .213 as a team, and that is not even close to good enough to be a playoff team.
Milwaukee does have a dominant starting rotation, and one of their top arms will take the ball on Sunday. Freddy Peralta has gone 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA this season, and he has the ability to completely take over a game.
Even if the Brewers are able to get another great start from Peralta, this team still has to find a way to score some runs.
Brewers at Reds Preview and Pick: Reds Have Some Power
The offensive numbers for the Reds this season are extremely impressive, especially when they are hitting at the Great American Ballpark. The outfield trio of Tyler Naquin, Jesse Winker, and Nick Castellanos have done most of the damage, but this lineup has power throughout.
Winker blasted three solo home runs in the series opener, and he now has 12 long balls on the year. Castellanos is putting up monster numbers this year as well, and he continues to be a problem for opposing pitchers.
The Reds have not been able to get enough starting pitching to contend in the NL Central, but the team does have some solid arms. Luis Castillo starts on Sunday, and he has proven that he can win in the Major Leagues.
Castillo is just 1-6 with a 7.44 ERA so far in 2021, but he won’t be facing a good lineup in this game.
Brewers at Reds Preview and Pick
Both of these teams are really struggling to find any consistency at this time, and each team is desperate to pick up a win in the series finale. Milwaukee has the edge on the mound, but it is the Reds that are the much better offensive team.
The Reds have the potential to break out in a big way at any time, and that includes against some of the top pitchers in baseball. Peralta has been great for the Brewers, but the Reds will touch him up for some long balls in this one.
Look for the Reds offense to come alive a bit in this game, and that will be enough to pick up the win. Luis Castillo takes care of things on the mound, and betting the Reds +100 is the right way to go in this game.
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