Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (-144,
The Cincinnati Reds will attempt to avoid a winless road trip
upon resuming play after the All-Star break when they close a
three-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers on
Wednesday. The Reds have lost five straight games – scoring 11
total runs – as they have staggered coming out of the break.
Milwaukee has put a stretch in which it lost 11 of 12 in the
rear-view mirror as Tuesday’s 4-3 walk-off victory was its
fourth in six games.
Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit two solo homers –
including the game-winning blast in the ninth – Tuesday for his
first homers since July 4. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit
back-to-back solo shots in the first inning and Braun has gone
16-for-39 with two homers and eight RBIs during a 10-game
hitting streak. The Reds have lost eight consecutive road games
since winning at San Francisco on June 29.
TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Ohio
LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Brewers as -152
favorites, but that has moved to -144. The total has held at
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Reds (-159), Brewers
INJURY REPORT: Reds – SS Zack Cozart (Questionable,
finger), 1B Joey Votto (15-day DL, oblique), 2B Brandon
Phillips (15-day DL, thumb).
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “With Joey Votto and Brandon
Phillips sidelined, it’s going to be an uphill battle for the
Reds. The Brew Crew are right where they want to be entering
the break, but how long can they keep it up?” Covers Expert
WAG WAR: Jacquelyn Frazier, wife of Reds 3B
Todd Frazier and Larisa Fraser, wife of Brewers slugger Ryan
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Mike Leake (7-8, 3.63 ERA)
vs. Brewers RH Kyle Lohse (10-4, 3.16)
Leake has allowed four runs in each of his last two outings and
has given up 37 hits in 25 2/3 innings over his past four
turns. He has split two 2014 decisions with the Brewers and
recorded the victory June 15 despite being touched up for four
runs and nine hits over five innings. He is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA
in seven career starts against Milwaukee.
Lohse snapped a three-start winless stretch by defeating
Washington on July 18. He allowed just one run in seven innings
while notching the victory but gave up a season-worst 10 hits.
Lohse is 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in two starts against Cincinnati
this season and possesses a 5-5 mark and 3.01 ERA over 17
career outings against the Reds.
* Under is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
* Reds are 0-8 in their last eight road games.
* Over is 11-5 in umpire Chris Segal’s last 16 games behind
* Brewers are 4-1 in Lohses last five starts as a favorite.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 59.78 percent of wagers on
Covers Consensus are backing the Brewers.
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