Series Preview: Reds (44-49) @ Brewers (51-41)

The Brewers hope to improve upon their 3-3 mark against the Reds so far this season, as well as gain ground on the first-place Cubs who are 4 games ahead of the Crew in the NL Central.
Pitching Probables:
Friday, July 11, 7:05 p.m. CT: RHP Josh Fogg (1-2, 8.39) vs. LHP Manny Parra (8-2, 3.65)
Saturday, July 12, 6:05 p.m. CT: RHP Edinson Volquez (11-3, 2.36) vs. RHP Seth McClung (5-4, 4.15)
Sunday, July 13, 1:05 p.m. CT: RHP Homer Bailey (0-3, 8.76) vs. LHP C.C. Sabathia (7-8, 3.79)
Things to look for:

  1. Can Parra remain perfect at Miller Park, where he is 5-0 this year? Parra has not faced the Reds’ powerful offense in 2008…will that be a factor?
  2. Can the Brewers’ offense figure out red hot Edinson Volquez, who is 5-3, 2.29 on the road in ’08, but has allowed at least two earned runs in each of his last six starts?
  3. Can Sabathia, who pitched 8 scoreless innings against the Reds on June 27 during interleague play, and allowed just 4 hits while fanning 11, find the same success on Sunday?
  4. Will Russell Branyan get the start at third base for all three games, as the Reds are sending three righties to the mound?
  5. Will skipper Ned Yost rest either All-Star starting outfielder Ryan Braun or All-Star reserve outfielder Corey Hart during the series? Yost will likely start both against Bailey, but no doubt will consider resting one or both if the Crew gets a big lead.