The Cincinnati Reds head for a weekend series against the San Diego Padres.
On the season, the Reds are 5-11 and have lost all seven games on the road. The Padres has been a surprise so far with an 11-8 record.
Luis Castillo is scheduled to pitch for the Reds and Eric Lauer is set to go for the Padres.
Examining the teams statistically, the Reds have scored just 58 runs in 17 games for an average of 3.4 per game.
They Padres haven’t been much better, scoring 68 in 19 games for an average of 3.6 per game.
Cincinnati has allowed only 3.5 runs per game, while the Padres have given up 4.2 per contest.
Offensively, the Reds are hitting only .200 as a team with 21 home runs.
Derek Dietrich is tied with Jesse Winker for the team lead in home runs with four and leads in RBI with 11.
Eugenio Suarez has been solid at .250 with three home runs and seven RBI.
Yasiel Puig and Joey Votto has struggled, hitting just three home runs combined with 11 RBI.
For the Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr leads the way with a .281 average, five home runs and 12 RBI. Will Myers is tied with Tatis for the club lead in home runs and has knocked in nine.
Manny Machado, Franmil Reyes and Hunter Renfroe each have four home runs. As a team the Padres have hit 28 home runs with a .229 average.
On the mound, Luis Castillo enters with a 1-1 record and 1.46 ERA.
He’s struck out 32 in 24 2/3 innings and has not allowed a home run.
Rasiel Iglesias and David Hernandez have three saves combined but have four losses and have been very inconsistent.
Eric Lauer has been up and down so far this season, posting a 2-2 record with a 4.91 ERA.
He’s given up four home runs already in just 22 innings of work. The Padres have been stellar in late inning relief.
Closer Kirby Yates has 9 saves and 17 strikeouts, while set up man Craig Stammen has seven holds and allowed only a run in 9 2/3 innings.
The game is most certainly going to be low scoring given the relative ineptitude of both teams to cross the plate with regularity.
The outcome of the game is likely in the Padres favor at home with a total run output of seven runs or less is likely.