Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Reds and Astros continue their weekend set with the second game of a three-game series on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
It will be a matchup of premium left-handed arms, as Cincinnati's Cody Reed -- the organization's No. 3 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com -- will make his Major League debut opposite reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel.
Keuchel has struggled in his Cy Young follow-up season. He has posted only two quality starts in his last five outings while sporting a season ERA of 5.54. Keuchel has never faced the Reds, but he does own a 2.76 ERA in 14 career Interleague games.
It's a big-time matchup for Reed's much-anticipated debut. He's posted a 6-3 record with a 3.20 ERA in 64 2/3 innings at Triple-A Louisville this season. Acquired in the Johnny Cueto trade from Kansas City last year, Reed is also the No. 6 lefty pitching prospect in all of baseball.
His repertoire is somewhat similar to Keuchel's, as both rely on changeups and sliders. However, Reed can sit in the mid-90s with his fastball.
Things to know about this game
• This is the 844th meeting between Cincinnati and Houston, the most times the Astros have faced any team.
• Reds slugger Jay Bruce is a Beaumont, Texas, native and he now has an 11-game hitting streak against the Astros. That includes a hit in eight straight games at Minute Maid Park.
• The Astros have struggled against left-handed starters this season. Reed is the second of three straight southpaw starters (John Lamb, Brandon Finnegan) Cincinnati is featuring in this weekend's series, all of whom were acquired for Cueto.

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