Lauer set to start for Milwaukee against Cincinnati


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Cincinnati Reds (45-42, second in NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (53-36, first in NL Central)

Milwaukee; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCH LIKELY: Reds: Wade Miley (6-4, 3.06 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 72 strikeouts) Brewers: Eric Lauer (3-3, 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 51 strikeouts )

FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Brewers -108, Reds -109; over / under is 8 1/2 strokes

BOTTOM LINE: Nick Castellanos and the Reds face the Brewers on Friday.

The Brewers are 27-18 on their home turf. Milwaukee has hit 108 home runs as a team this season. Avisail Garcia leads them with 16, averaging one every 17.1 at bat.

The Reds went 22-22 away. The Cincinnati hitters have posted a 0.327 based team percentage this season, led by Jonathan India at 0.390.

The Brewers won the last game 5-3. Devin Williams earned his sixth victory and Garcia went 2 for 4 with a homerun and three RBIs for Milwaukee. Brad Brach recorded his first loss for Cincinnati.

BEST PERFORMERS: Garcia leads the Brewers with 54 RBIs and hitting 0.248.

Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 46 more hits and beats 0.585.

LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 7-3, 0.238 batting average, 2.14 ERA, edged opponents by 30 points

Reds: 6-4, 0.253 batting average, 3.28 ERA, edged opponents by five points

INJURIES: Brewers: Justin Topa: (elbow), Dylan File: (elbow), Lorenzo Cain: (hamstrings), Kolten Wong: (calf), Daniel Vogelbach: (hamstrings), Travis Shaw: (shoulder), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).

Reds: Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (rib cage), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (front -arm)), Nick Senzel: (knee), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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