Since giving up five runs in a loss to the Brewers on Aug. 6, right-hander Bronson Arroyo has been lights-out. Arroyo has five wins and just one loss in his last eight starts. He owns a 2.60 ERA in those games, striking out 31 batters and allowing just four homers. Arroyo almost helped the Reds clinch the division in his last start on Friday, surrendering just one run on six hits in eight innings against the Dodgers, but Cincinnati lost, 3-1. Brewers: Marcum continues to improve
Shaun Marcum hasn't recorded a win in his six starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 25. Slowly but surely, though, the 30-year-old right-hander has been returning to form, a process that will continue on Wednesday in Cincinnati. Marcum will take the mound fresh off his longest outing after recovering from elbow tightness. He gave up just two runs on four hits in six innings Friday against the Nationals, and although he notched a no-decision, the Brewers won, 4-2. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Marcum "looked really good" in his last start, other than the one home run he allowed. "He backwards-pitched a lot of people, executed and made good pitches whenever he had to," Lucroy said. "That was the most impressive thing to me." Worth noting
Roenicke had a chance on Tuesday to talk over the phone with Baker. Roenicke, who said Baker "sounded great," has known the Cincinnati manager since their days with the Dodgers more than 20 years ago. The Reds enter with an 8-5 record against the Brewers this season, including 6-1 at Great American Ball Park.