It’s a fairly simply assertation: if the Cincinnati Reds don’t win today’s game, they’ll wrap a 1-6 homestand, and that would be simply awful.
Yes, there are reasons for such a stumble, such as key injuries and roster churn. Those are the same damn reasons that face every club out there, though, including the Milwaukee Brewers, the club against whom they’re facing off at the moment. They have cycled and recycled their infield every bit as much as the Reds have to date, while former MVP and team jammer Christian Yelich has fought back pain all year long.
Today, the Reds face Freddy Peralta, just one of many young Milwaukee arms that have seemingly emerged into dynamos of Belate. The Reds lucked out in dodging Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes this series, yet Peralta can be every bit as lethal on his day. Not only will Cincinnati be tasked with getting hits off him, they’ll be sending Luis Castillo to the mound once again with little to no idea what they’ll be getting from their ace-in-residence.
It’s all something of a precarious situation, especially since a loss would send them a full 5 games under the .500 mark when the memory of them jumping to 5 games over .500 mark to start the year still seems oh so fresh.
First pitch is set for 1:10 PM ET, and we’re going to witness the Farmer/Schrock middle infield of our dreams.