The Cincinnati Reds followed up their first series win with another one against a very good Milwaukee Brewers team. This team has appeared to turn a corner but how long will it last?
Reds Record 7-24
Pirates Record 13-17
Connor Overton 2.53 ERA vs JT Brubaker 5.68 ERA
Tyler Mahle 6.46 ERA vs Mitch Keller 6.11 ERA
Luis Castillo 5.79 ERA vs Zach Thompson 7.08 ERA
Hunter Greene 7.62 ERA vs Jose Quintana 2.70 ERA
What to watch for
Which Hunter Greene will show up?
Through his very short MLB career Greene has either been extremely dominant or embarrassingly bad. His last two starts, both against the Brewers show you that, as he gave up eight runs and then only two. The future of Hunter Greene is still extremely bright but he has some things he can improve on throughout his rookie year.
Will the offense stay hot?
There’s a saying in baseball that hitting is contagious and over their last six games the Reds have scored 49 runs while scoring ten in two of them. There are a number of people stepping up and contributing to this surge but it is headlined by Brandon Drury and Colin Moran. The injury bug has killed the Reds this year but Moran and Drury have been there to carry the load when needed.
Keys to a series win
The only area of concern for the Reds lately has been pitching. They are still last in nearly every team pitching category, however they did just get their ace Luis Castillo back to help the cause. The offense has been great but the pitching always keeps the game close or is the reason the Reds get blown out. If they can find a way to be closer to an average pitching team, this team would have so much more success.
It sounds crazy but man the Reds are hot. The offense is rolling, the pitching has shown some flashes, and this team has won four of its last six games. I think there is a good chance this continues against the Pirates. I think the Reds will take the series three games to one. The starting pitchers could finally have a good stretch of games and that would then push some more confidence into a team that is already ‘hot’.