2:10 pm
June 16

Reds @ Brewers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Cincinnati Reds (34-31)

@ Milwaukee Brewers (38-29)


Starting Pitchers:

Mahle (CIN): 6-2; 3.56 ERA

Peralta (MIL) 6-1; 2.25 ERA


Current odds:

Cincinnati Reds: (+125)

Milwaukee Brewers: (-150)


The Cincinnati Reds will aim to match a season-best six-game streak Wednesday when they look to sweep the host Milwaukee Brewers in an afternoon matinee. After losing their season opener against St. Louis, the Reds ran off six straight wins. They can match that Wednesday as Tyler Mahle (6-2, 3.56 ERA) takes to the mound for Cincinnati while Milwaukee counters with right-hander Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.25).

Mahle has won four straight starts for the first time in his career, posting a 2.31 ERA and a .167 opponents’ batting average. Mahle is also the first Reds pitcher to win four consecutive starts since Luis Castillo last season. Mahle is looking to become the first Reds pitcher to win five consecutive starts since Johnny Cueto went 5-0 with a complete game over five starts from July 26 to Aug. 15, 2014. In four career starts against Milwaukee, Mahle is 0-2 with a 6.16 ERA.

Peralta will make his 14th appearance and 13th start of the season, and his third start against the Reds. Last Thursday, Peralta received a no-decision in the Brewers’ 7-2 win over the Reds in Cincinnati as the Brewers scored six times over the final four innings. Peralta was pulled from the game after a 37-minute rain delay. In four innings, he gave up two hits and a run, walked two and struck out six. In 12 career games — six starts — against the Reds, Peralta is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA.

The Reds and Brewers have split their first eight meetings. Since dropping the series finale in Cincinnati last Thursday, the Reds’ bullpen, even without its best weapon in the injured Tejay Antone, has been a big reason for the sudden turnaround.

On Tuesday night, after Castillo pitched seven shutout innings, Brad Brach pitched a scoreless eighth, Lucas Sims pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth. Then, Heath Hembree and Amir Garrett closed the door in the 10th in a 2-1 win.

Joey Votto took a rare 0-for-3 Tuesday night in Milwaukee, the site of his best road performance over the course of his career. Votto, batting .322 with 21 homers and 63 RBIs in Milwaukee, says this week’s series highlights how much he’s enjoying younger players such as Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson spark the latest surge.

StreakSmarter Pick
Milwaukee Brewers