The Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres meet on Saturday at a MLB action at Petco Park.
The Cincinnati Reds are looking for another win after dividing their last eight games. The Reds have nine points in their last three games and three or more points in nine of their last 13 games. The Cincinnati Reds are 6-6 this season when they scored three or more points. Joey Votto is leading the Reds with 15 hits and four RBIs while Eugenio Suarez and Matt Kemp combined 25 hits and 13 RBIs. Luis Castillo recovers the ball and is 1-1 with a silver medal of 1.46 and 32 strikeouts this season. Castillo is 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA and 14 strikeouts over his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres could use a win here to stop on a five-game losing streak. The Padres have allocated 15 points in their last three games and three or more points to 11 of their last 13 games. The San Diego Padres are 5-10 this season with three or more races. Offensively, Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with 20 hits and 12 RBIs while Wil Myers and Manny Machado combined 37 shots and 18 shots. Eric Lauer recovers the ball, and he is 2-2 with a points average of 4.91 and 18 points this season. Lauer is 1-0 with a time of 1.00 and 12 strikeouts over his career against the Reds.
The Reds have 16-36 in their last 52 games on the road, 7 to 19 in their last 26 in the third game of a series and 2-5 in Castillo's last 7 starts against the National League West. The Padres are 5-2 in their last 7 games in the third game of a series, 3-12 in their last 15 games on Saturday and 0-4 in the last four games. The Reds are 2-5 in their last 7 meetings in San Diego and the back is 10-2 in the last 12 games. The last 6 starts start at 3-1-2 with 5 days off. The least are 8-1 in the last 9 starts of Castillo.
The Cincinnati Reds are starting to put things in place and are now launching a pitcher in Castillo who has made at least five innings in all four starts and has allowed a maximum of two points in each of those games. Lauer has allowed 21 hits and 12 points in his last 16 innings and has struggled to keep the ball in the park. The San Diego Padres have offensive problems during this series of five defeats, so you do not want to see a pitcher in trouble on the hill. I am going to give the Reds a slight advantage here, although overall I do not like this game.