The Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers will get after it again on Tuesday for the second game of a three-game series at Miller Park. The Brewers took it on the chin in a 10-2 loss Monday at home in Milwaukee. Vladimir Gutierrez has been a tremendous addition to the Reds’ rotation so far. The rookie has been spinning good work since getting called up from the minor leagues.
The 25-year-old Cuban could be the difference between the postseason and not for the Reds if he keeps going like this. They’ve been missing an x-factor in the rotation this season, especially with Luis Castillo struggling, so Gutierrez is being counted on to be a pivotal member of the Reds’ rotation. The Reds have been playing much better baseball recently over the past couple of weeks.
They’ve won nine of their last eleven outings and have jumped over the .500 mark with a record of 33-31. The Reds are still four games behind the Brewers and Cubs for the lead in the NL Central, but they’re gaining fast. The St. Louis Cardinals have been regressing, while the Reds seemingly got hot as soon as the Cards started slipping out of favor.
The Cards have gone from having the lead in the division to quickly being down by five games. A lot can change in a hurry when it comes to baseball, and if the Reds stay hot, we might be talking about how they’re up in the NL Central. This is a completely wide open division, so the winner is likely not going to be decided until late September.
The Brewers have one of the most underrated rotations in baseball. However, their offense could be a little more consistent and the bullpen comes up better in spots. It will be interesting to see what the Brewers do or don’t do at the trade deadline. They are close, but could need an additional bat or two. Having said that, I’m not sure I’d risk trading young talent for a rental.
The Brewers will opt to send Brett Anderson in an attempt to get back on track tonight. He is one of several underrated hurlers in this Milwaukee rotation, but could be pitching better as of late. Castillo, who has finally been in better form recently, is expected for the Reds. Head below for our free Reds vs. Brewers pick on June 15, 2021.
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Luis Castillo has finally been showing signs of life recently after an incredibly slow start this season. Is it for real or just a mirage for Castillo? He has to put together several more quality starts to repair his ugly numbers. Castillo goes into Tuesday with an ERA of 6.47 and 1.58 WHIP through 64 innings. However, in his last three performances, Castillo has been better with an ERA of 3.24 and 0.96 WHIP through 16.7 innings of work.
He ran into some bad luck in his most recent outing, which came against the Brewers at home on Thursday. Castillo allowed just 1 hit, but conceded 3 earned runs through 5.2 innings in a 7-2 loss. He hasn’t been in good form on the road, though, where he owns a 7.22 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. I don’t believe Castillo is going to get beamed in this contest, but the Brewers likely frustrate him enough to give Brett Anderson some run support to work with.
Anderson goes into tonight with an ERA of 4.99 and 1.59 WHIP in 39.7 innings. In his previous three starts, Anderson has recorded a 6.75 ERA and 2.16 WHIP. He’s coming off a shaky performance versus the Reds, as they nailed him for 5 hits and 5 runs in 3 innings. Through his last 7.1 innings, Anderson has conceded 13 hits and 7 earned runs.
The Reds have been successful against Anderson throughout his career. This lineup is hitting .288 with 5 home runs and 16 RBIs. Their offense has been red-hot with 37 runs in their last four outings. Neither bullpen is particularly strong either, as the Reds have a 5.70 ERA for last in the majors, while the Brewers are very average with a 4.24 ERA. I could see this final score going OVER the total at Miller Park this evening in Milwaukee.