The Cincinnati Reds were left scoreless in a disappointing outing on Friday. It was an anticipated Major League Baseball clash but Cincinnati, for their part, just didn’t have the goods. As a result, the Reds now find themselves in a neck-and-neck battle with the Milwaukee Brewers for the top spot in the NL Central division. MLB fans will be looking for an exciting showdown on Saturday evening, July 15th, when these two teams meet again at 7:10 PM ET from Cincinnati. The divisional lead for the time being is, in fact, at stake.

Milwaukee vs Cincinnati: starting pitching

Taking the mound for the talented Reds will be the dangerous Andrew Abbott. His presence alone gives the Reds a considerable advantage in this upcoming clash. Abbott, being a formidable left-handed pitcher, poses a significant challenge for the struggling Brewers. Historically this season, the Brew Crew has struggled against southpaws. Abbott boats an impressive 4-1 record this season, along with a strong 2.38 ERA, and a very good 1.03 WHIP.

Freddy Peralta has not been effective lately

On the other hand, the Brewers will be relying on Freddy Peralta to take the mound. With a record of 5-7 and an ERA of 4.70, Peralta hasn’t been in top form lately. His best month was back in April, and since then, his ERA has been steadily increasing. Additionally, he hasn’t secured a win since back in May.

There seems to be something wrong with the pitcher in recent days. It’s telling that Milwaukee has to rely on him. This is a team that may need to execute a trade to stay relevant in the playoff picture.

On that matter, the Brewers and Reds are in a heated pennant race. That makes this game one to watch for numerous reasons. The Reds are the favorites in this game, with odds of -120 (odds as per bet365 early morning; subject to change). We believe that these odds undervalue their chances. Considering all these factors, we recommend backing the Reds in this game at -120 with bet365.

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