[Ed. note - I answered a few questions with SBNation Brewers' blog Brew Crew Ball to preview the series -- 'KRP]
The Reds are 10-5 over their last 15, which has boosted them over the .500 mark for the first time since Opening Weekend. After taking two of three from the Pirates, they are knee-deep in a road slog that sees them play 13 of 16 in enemy territory. They've made up ground on the Cardinals, but they get the Brewers for three, the Nationals for three (at home, at least), two in Hotlanta, and then five against the two New York teams. Then they come home for four against the Braves again. The rest of May looks tough, and in all honesty I will be satisfied if they are still over .500 when the calendar turns to June.
One game at a time though, so let's take a look-see at tonight's titanic struggle.
The Brewers send Yovani Gallardo to the hill, which could be a favorable match-up for our Redlegs. They've hit Gallardo pretty well in the past, OPSing a collective .857 against him in 11 games. Another tick in the Reds' favor is his slow start to this season. He has a 5.79 ERA after six starts, but to his credit, that is almost completely due to 5.2 collective innings against the Cardinals in which he has given up two-thirds of the total runs he's given up so far. He's been awesomechewybagels otherwise.
We are all quite pleased with the way Bronson has hurled his apples so far this season. Dude has a sterling 6.0 K/BB ratio and he's only given up four wangers, three of which were of the onesy variety.
|Zack Cozart SS |
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| Joey Votto 1B |
| Ryan Hanigan C || |
|Bronson Arroyo RHP||Yovani Gallardo RHP |
|Reliever||5/2||5/3||5/4||5/5||5/6||5 day totals|
|Sean Marshall||1.0, 20p||Cueto CG!||1.0 IP, 20 pitches|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.0, 16p||-||1.1, 20p||2.1 IP, 36 pitches |
|Logan Ondrusek||1.0, 12p||-||1.0 IP, 12 pitches |
|Jose Arredondo||1.0, 10p||-||1.0, 30p||2.0 IP, 40 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||2.0, 26p||-||2.0 IP, 26 pitches |
|J.J. Hoover||1.0, 12p||-||0.2, 18p||1.2 IP, 30 pitches |
|Alfredo Simon||-||1.0, 8p||1.0 IP, 8 pitches|