The Milwaukee Brewers will host the Cincinnati Reds as the NL Central foes wrap up a three-game series Wednesday afternoon from Miller Park. The Reds will give the starting call to 25-year old right-hander Lucas Sims, and the Brewers will counter with 31-year old right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. The Reds lead the season series 8-7.
Sims Inserted Into Rotation as Mahle Hits IL
Lucas Sims will make his fourth appearance and second start of the season in place of Tyler Mahle who was placed on the injured list. Sims tossed one shutout inning against the Cardinals in his previous action on July 21st. The third-year right-hander has conceded four runs on seven hits in his 9.2 innings pitched on the season. This will mark his first career meeting against the Brewers. Sims posted a subpar 4.56 ERA in Triple-A this season.
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— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 23, 2019
Yasiel Puig has done more damage against the Brewers than any other team this season, sporting a .385 average with four home runs and 12 RBI’s. The 28-year old right fielder is having a productive season, recording a .261 average with 22 home runs and 59 RBI’s. Puig has driven in 14 runs to go with a 1.063 OPS average on the month.
The Reds are only averaging 4.41 runs on the season, ranking them down at 24th in the Major Leagues. The Cincinnati pitching staff features a sharp 3.90 team ERA, positioning them fifth in the Majors. The Reds are 20-29 away from home entering Tuesday’s action.
Chacin Charged with 10th Loss of Season
Jhoulys Chacin will get the nod for the 19th time of the season, searching for his first win since late April. Chacin was roughed up in his latest effort, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 2.1 innings against the Diamondbacks, leading to the defeat to dip his record to 3-10. The 10-year veteran right-hander hasn’t been able to replicate last year’s numbers, posting a poor 5.67 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 85.2 innings of work of the season. Chacin hasn’t fared well against the Reds this season, conceding nine runs in 16 innings paired with a 1-1 record. He owns mixed numbers in his career against the Reds, filing a 3-4 record and a 4.14 ERA in 67.1 innings. Eugenio Suarez is 4 for 17 against Chacin, while Joey Votto is 9 for 28, and Scooter Gennett is 2 for 13.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 23, 2019
The Brewers appear to have a budding young star in Keston Hiura who continues to shine, notching 12 hits along with seven RBI’s in his last seven games. The 22-year old rookie second baseman now features a .331 average with nine home runs and 23 RBI’s on the season. Hiura is 7 for 25 with two homers and two RBI’s against the Reds this season. Hiura sat out Monday with a minor injury and he is questionable for this one.
The Brewers have heated up at the plate, and they stand 15th in the big leagues with an average of 4.89 runs on the year. The Milwaukee pitching staff holds a 4.60 team ERA, pegging them 17th in the Majors. The Brewers feature a 30-22 home record heading into Tuesday.
The Cincinnati Reds are:
- 3-8 in their last 11 road games.
- 3-9 in their last 12 games against a right-handed starter.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.
The Milwaukee Brewers are:
- 12-4 in their last 16 games in the second game of a series.
- 5-2 in their last 7 games overall.