The Milwaukee Brewers have two paths to the playoffs in front of them and are trying to take control of both. The Brewers will try to continue their climb toward the postseason when they open a six-game road trip by visiting the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
Milwaukee seemed to be falling off the pace last month but found another life in the last week of August and won six of its last eight games, with five of those wins coming over first-place teams the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. “They don’t need confidence. We need wins, you know?” Brewers manager Craig Counsel told reporters of his team. “...I keep saying this, but we’re chasing, and when you’re chasing, the pressure is on to win. You feel like you take three out of four on a homestand from a good team, you did your job.” The Reds had their bats abandon them over the weekend as they dropped the final two of a three-game series at Pittsburgh while managing one run. Cincinnati will try to put some better swings together on Monday against Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson and provide some support for Homer Bailey.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN Ohio (Cincinnati)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Chase Anderson (8-3, 2.96 ERA) vs. Reds RH Homer Bailey (4-7, 7.51)
Anderson has been strong in three starts since coming off the disabled list and is coming off a win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. The 29-year-old allowed three runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings on Wednesday, but both of the hits were home runs. Anderson is 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts against Cincinnati.
Bailey is coming off one of five quality starts in 13 outings this season but could not come away with a win while holding the New York Mets to two runs and four hits in six innings. The veteran Texan struck out one batter against the Mets and is winless in his last three outings. Bailey was ripped for six runs in three innings at home against the Brewers on June 29 but earned a win at Milwaukee on Aug. 11 while yielding two runs in five frames.
1. Reds LHP Wandy Peralta (hip) was unavailable on Sunday and is day-to-day.
2. Milwaukee SS Orlando Arcia is 3-for-28 in his last 10 contests.
3. Cincinnati 2B Scooter Gennett is 8-for-15 in his last four games.
PREDICTION: Brewers 3, Reds 1