Fantasy Preview: Brewers vs Reds 26th Sep 2017
Sitting less than two games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second postseason spot in the National League, time is running out for the Milwaukee Brewers. As they start their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, September 26th, they only have six games left on their regular season slate. While it may be some consolation that the Rockies will end the season with a three-game set against the team with the most wins in all of baseball (the Los Angeles Dodgers), the Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals the Brewers’ opponent in the final series of the year won’t make life any easier for the Brew crew.
Ok let’s break down the stats a little
Coming into the series after losing three of their last four games, Milwaukee was able to pick up their lone win in said four game set against the Cubs thanks to third baseman Travis Shaw’s walk-off home run on Saturday. Shaw now has 31 home runs and 99 RBI on the season, and has just enough time to break the triple-digit mark for run batted in.
Shaw went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run walk-off home run in Saturday’s victory over the Cubs. The Brewers were on the verge of losing their third extra-inning game in a row versus the Cubs, but Shaw’s big fly turned a one-run deficit into a one-run victory. Shaw now has 31 home runs and 99 RBI on the season, and he will have seven more games this season to add to both numbers; his 16 RBI (and counting) are one of the few bright spots for him, in a month when he’s been slumping a bit.
On the bright side, right fielder Domingo Santana owns a stellar 1.097 OPS while playing regularly in September, and had six straight games with a hit before Milwaukee started their series with Chicago. Even with a few games off this month, he’s already hit 14 RBI and been a huge factor in keeping the Brewers in the Wild Card race.
Another bright spot for Milwaukee will be the fact that, with precious few games to lose, they’ll start their series against Cincinnati with right hander Zach Davies on the mound. Coming off maybe his worst game of the year before his start against the Cubs last Thursday (September 21st), Davies pitched an absolute gem against Chicago, needing just 77 pitches (51 strikes) to cruise through seven frames; the only reason he didn’t go longer was because manager Craig Counsell opted to pinch hit for Davies in the bottom of the seventh inning, in a tight game (that Milwaukee ended up losing in extra innings). If you exclude his blip against Miami, Davies has allowed a total of four earned runs in three games.
With not much left to go in the regular season, Cincinnati appears to be waiving the white flag themselves. They’ll give righty Deck McGuire his first major league start, and follow him up with Homer Bailey who allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in only three innings the last time he started and Sal Romano who allowed five runs on five hits and four walks in just four innings himself in the next two games.