Cincinnati Reds-Milwaukee Brewers standings: Last games between teams

MILWAUKEE – If the Cincinnati Reds have any chance of catching the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central race, they'll need a strong showing in their three-game series this week. 

Entering Tuesday's series opener, the Reds sat 7.5 games behind the Brewers. The Reds don't have any more games against Milwaukee beyond this three-game set, adding to the importance of winning the series. 

"Three huge games," Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson said. "Obviously, they’re ahead of us. If we can go out there and sweep them, that’s going to make things really interesting. They’re huge. We know that. They know that. It’s probably going to be some of the best baseball played during those three games."

Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jace Peterson (14) slides into second ahead of a missed tag from Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) in the first inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Sonny Gray's return from the injured list went five and two-thirds innings before leaving the game trailing 5-0.

The Brewers haven't shown any signs of slowing down. They own a 55-26 record since May 22, their first game with shortstop Willy Adames after acquiring him in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Starting pitcher Corbin Burnes ranks second in the Majors with a 2.13 ERA entering Tuesday's start. Brandon Woodruff is fifth (2.48). Freddy Peralta doesn't have enough innings to qualify after a stint on the injured list, but he's posted a 2.45 ERA.

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