Milwaukee Brewers OF Christian Yelich currently leads the National League in slugging percentage, OPS, and OPS+, and he largely has the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff to thank. His cycle on Monday in the series opener was his second such cycle against the Reds this season, which sets a new MLB precedent. All told, he’s managed 24 hits in 48 PA with 7 dingers against Cincinnati just this season, good for a behemoth .500/.556/1.104 (1.660 OPS) line that is so good it has decimals in places you don’t expect them to be and makes the entire thing look completely surreal.
Well, the Reds will try to retire he and his Milwaukee brethren in a bit more efficient fashion on Tuesday, or at least the Chicago Cubs and the rest of the teams fighting for NL playoff spots sure hope they will. And, they’ll turn to reliever Michael Lorenzen for the start, the first time since the 2015 season that the powerful righty will do so.
Milwaukee will counter with Chase Anderson while boasting a 3.0 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for home field advantage in the first Wild Card spot. The Brewers enter play today 2.5 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central, too.
First pitch is again set for 7:40 PM ET.