The San Diego Padres had a nice day at the office on Saturday, as they delivered a 8-2 beatdown on the Cincinnati Reds. It wasn’t the same story on Friday night, with the Reds coming into sunny San Diego to earn a 7-2 win. The Reds and Padres are largely going to be wasting away their year this season. Other than the team hopefully turning a profit, and the player’s cashing their paychecks, there isn’t much going on in Cincinnati and San Diego to get too excited about. 34-year-old Joey Votto is still performing at a high level for the Reds. It looks like he could go another 5 or so years playing baseball. Votto is consistently one of the most underrated players in baseball. From an overall, entire body of work standpoint, Votto doesn’t get the credit he should be getting.
There are many that believed Votto should have won the NL MVP award. Instead it went to Giancarlo Stanton, which was of course the easy selection. However, if you look at everything, Votto should have been the guy. He finished with an insane OBP of .454 and 1.032 OPS. Votto also had some nice power numbers with 36 deep balls and 100 RBI’s, so I mean, he did about all he could.
As a team, though, management has done an adequate job of helping him out. There was a time where this Reds’ offense was quite good, they put up decent numbers. However, the pitching ranked as one of the worst in the majors. The pitching to this day continues to disappoint. Management still hasn’t acknowledged that they maybe need a quality rotation and bullpen to win baseball games. It appears that it’s going to happen after Votto retires. The Reds will opt for Luis Castillo as their starter for today, while the Padres counter with the 6’6” 245 pounder, Tyson Ross. Head below for our free Reds vs. Padres pick for Sunday on the bases.
Cincinnati Reds vs. San Diego Padres Pick
Luis Castillo (4-5, 5.49 ERA) vs. Tyson Ross (4-3, 3.29 ERA)
Luis Castillo is just another pitcher in a long list of guys who the Reds are hoping can develop into an ace. We’ve been at this for the last decade, as they hope to put a decent pitching staff together. Castillo showed some promise as a rookie, finishing with an ERA of 3.12 in 2017. He made 15 starts and had just a record of 3-7 without much run support, but Castillo at least showed something.
That something hasn’t translated over into 2018, though. Castillo enters with a 5.49 ERA after 62.1 innings of work. He has made a few good starts here and there, but none of which can be found on the road. Castillo has gotten hammered on the road with an ERA of 6.49. He must keep the ball down, as he’s already allowed 7 deep balls on the road.
In the limited amount of at-bats the Padres have had against Castillo, they’ve hit him pretty good. Six Reds’ hitters have combined for a batting average of .333 in 15 appearances at the plate against Castillo. Conversely, the Reds are hitting .250 against Ross in 32 at-bats. That includes zero home runs. Votto has managed just 2 singles against Ross in 8 showings. I think the oddsmakers are selling the Reds short in this one. They just be a bit more expensive here against the Reds. We’ll see how it transpires on Sunday, but I like the Padres to get the job done at home in San Diego to wrap up the weekend.