Well, it’s been competitive.
The Reds have come up on the wrong side of a couple of one run games in this series against the defending NL Central Brewers and will get one more shot at taking a game this afternoon.
Tanner Roark salvaged his Reds debut on Monday after a bad first inning, and last night Anthony DeSclafani put the team in a position to win with a solid five innings before the Brewers scratched out a few too many runs against the Cincinnati bullpen.
This afternoon, Luis Castillo will make his second start of the young 2019 season. He’ll look to build upon what was a very solid outing his first time out against the Pirates, but this Brewers lineup is a bit more potent than the Pirate lineup he faced just a little under one week ago.
The Brewers will send RHP Freddy Peralta to the bump. Peralta’s first go at things in 2019 did not go so well, as he pitched just three innings after a 39-pitch first inning against St. Louis. Peralta made 14 starts for the Brewers in 2018 with two relief appearances. That resulted in 78.1 IP of 4.25 ERA ball. His FIP suggested that he was a bit unlucky in his results, though, at 3.72. Peralta had been strikeout numbers, too (11 K/9), but is also proned to a walk or few.
Yasiel Puig and Tucker Barnhart are both getting a day off today, where Matt Kemp and Curt Casali will fill into their lineup spots.
Go Reds! They are, as you are aware by now, my favorite team.
La Piedra. #BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/9y4kzB51ez— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 3, 2019
Here's the #Brewers lineup for the final game of the series and the roadtrip! #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/FFjowBwMTz— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 3, 2019