Cincinnati Reds: Luis Castillo looks to ground potent Astros offense

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HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 17: Jose Peraza #9 of the Cincinnati Reds scores in the fifth inning as he beats the tag attempt by Jason Castro #15 of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 17, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds conclude their Texas two-step home stand with a visit from the American League West-leading Houston Astros.

This past weekend’s home series was like so many others this season for the Cincinnati Reds (31-38), who share fourth place in the NL Central with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds outscored the Texas Rangers over the 3-game set, but were only able to claim one victory. Scoring runs will come at a premium over the next three days as the Reds welcome the Houston Astros to town.

Two of the best pitching staffs in the game will be toeing the rubber at Great American Ball Park.  For a Reds team that has little margin for error, the offense will need to take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.

Entering play Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff is first in the National League in fewest homers allowed and FIP, while ranking second in ERA, fewest hits allowed, and WHIP. For those who have been anticipating the staff to revert to the norm, it’s June and the Reds’ hurlers show no signs of slowing down.

As a matter of fact, the pitching has been better in June than any other month this season. Going into play Sunday, the Cincinnati staff has compiled a 3.27 ERA and have allowed just 77 hits in 96.1 innings. Just as impressive, the team is receiving contributions from both the rotation and the bullpen.

Cincinnati starters have accumulated a 3.56 ERA and have only surrendered 6 homers in 60.2 innings in June. Not to be outdone, the Reds relief corps has been even better. The bullpen has produced a 2.78 ERA and have fanned 49 in just 35.2 innings of work.

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