If you like strikeouts, you’re going to probably love this weekend’s series between Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

The Reds and Brewers pitching staffs rank 1-2 in strikeouts per nine innings in the majors thus far in the shortened 2020 season.

Of the 15 pitchers on Milwaukee’s current roster, 10 are averaging 10.0 K/9 or better and two others, including, amazingly, Josh Hader, are at 9.0 K/9 – which is the MLB average (by the way, the league’s average in 2019 was 8.9 K/9).

Overall, the Brewers are fanning 11.02 batters per nine innings. Here’s how it shapes up among the 15 pitchers on the current roster:

Eric Lauer 2.2 20.3
Corey Knebel 2.2 16.9
Devin Williams 4.1 16.6
Corbin Burnes 7 14.1
Freddy Peralta 6 13.5
Josh Lindblom 8.2 12.5
Brent Suter 6.1 11.4
David Phelps 5.2 11.1
Brandon Woodruff 17.1 10.9
Josh Hader 3 9.0
Justin Grimm 1 9.0
Adrian Houser 12 6.8
Alex Claudio 1.1 6.8
Brett Anderson 3 6.0
Eric Yardley 4.2 5.8

Cincinnati pitchers have been even better, whiffing 12.19 batters per 9. Three members of the Reds’ current rotation all are above 13.0 K/9 – Trevor Bauer (13.5), Luis Castillo (13.8) and Sonny Gray (13.5).

Seven Cincinnati relievers have a K/9 of higher than 11.0.

However, on the flip side the Reds’ bullpen has posted an inflated 7.65 ERA and 1.525 WHIP over 40 innings this season – having served up 11 home runs – while Brewers’ relievers own a 3.89 ERA and 1.176 WHIP over 41 2/3 innings.

In other words, don’t turn off your TV if Milwaukee happens to trail in any game.

Other notes:

— Since 2017, Milwaukee is 35-22 (.614) against Cincinnati, which is the second-highest winning percentage of any NL Central matchup over that span, trailing just St. Louis over Pittsburgh (38-22, .633).

— Cincinnati has scored 43.8% of its runs, fourth highest in MLB, via the home run. Milwaukee is at 33.3%, tied for third lowest. The major-league average is 43.0%.

Statistics courtesy Sportradar and baseball-reference.com

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