When: 8:05 P.M. ET Friday, 7:05 P.M. Saturday, and 2:05 P.M. Sunday
Where: Miller Park-Milwaukee, WI
TV: FSN-Ohio all three games
Radio: WLW-AM (700) and Reds Radio Network
Records: Reds (52-68) fifth place N.L. Central; Brewers (62-59) first place N.L. Central
- Friday-Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (5-13, 4.63 ERA) vs. Brewers RHP Jeff Suppan (8-9, 4.90 ERA)
- Saturday-Reds TBA vs. Brewers RHP Claudio Vargas (9-4, 4.87 ERA)
- Sunday-Reds Aaron Harang (12-3, 3.50 ERA) vs. Brewers LHP Chris Capuano (5-10, 5.23 ERA)
- Due to the Reds' starting pitching and their inability to pitch deep into games (Phil Dumatrait, Bobby Livingston), Saturday's starter was to be either Victor Santos or Mike Gosling...but they had to throw extended innings the last few days in Chicago. So, the starter for Saturday will probably come up from the minors somewhere. List of candidates include: EZ Ramirez, Johnny Cueto, Pat Pacillo??? (If you get that, you're about as old as I am)
- Sunday's matchup is about as opposite as you can get. Aaron Harang leads the league in winning percentage for starters...and the Brewers have lost the last 15 games in which Chris Capuano has started. Let's hope that continues. Capuano is 0-10 with a 6.67 ERA in his last 15 starts. And you thought Matt Belisle was bad???
- The Brewers have had to fight off the Cubs for most of the year. Now, they have another team hot on their heels...the St. Louis Cardinals. After shellacking the Brewers Thursday, the Cards are now just 2 1/2 games out of first. Man, the Central is pitiful.
- On a related note, the Reds are just two games out of the lead for the sub-Central. The Astros are holding tight to their two-game lead over our Redlegs for supremacy in the N.L. sub-Central.
- The Reds may have discovered their next "closer-of-the-future" in Jared Burton. After struggling most of the season locating the strike zone, Burton has suddenly found himself and has been really good. He has a 2.18 ERA in 18 outings since the All-Star break and has a 1.04 ERA over his last nine outings.