2017 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Diamondbacks — July 8, 2017

The Reds look to rebound from the 6-3 loss Friday night as they face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in the second game of a three-game series. First pitch is at 10:10 ET.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Luis Castillo 16.1 4.41 2.71 30.1% 12.3%
Taijuan Walker 76.1 3.30 4.33 20.4% 8.7%

In his fourth start tonight, Castillo tries to secure his first major league win (Yeah, I know, pitcher wins are pointless, but it seems to still mean something to the players). Castillo is coming off a no-decision against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday in which he gave up four earned runs, including two home runs, and walked just one while striking out eight.

Walker is the same age as Castillo (24 years old), yet tonight marks his 79th start in the big leagues. Previously with the Mariners (also the team that drafted him), Walker signed with the Diamondbacks in the offseason and is having a decent season. His ERA says it’s one of his best seasons to date, but it looks like that’s only because he’s not allowing as many runs as in previous years, particularly the home run ball. He’s given up just five home runs, and his HR/FB% is down to 7.0%, ten percentage points lower than a year ago. However, Walker’s command has been a struggle in 2017. He’s walked 29 batters already. His career high is 40 walks surrendered, during his first full season in the major leagues in 2015.

None of the Reds hitters have ever faced Walker.

Lineups

Reds                                                                            Diamondbacks

1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Luis Castillo (P)
1. Daniel Descalso (LF)
2. Chris Herrmann (C)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
4. Jake Lamb (3B)
5. Chris Owings (RF)
6. Brandon Drury (2B)
7. Ketel Marte (SS)
8. Rey Fuentes (CF)
9. Taijuan Walker (P)

Five-time All-Star Joey Votto just continues to hit. Since his 0-for-5 performance on the Fourth of July in Colorado, Votto is 4-for-10 with a triple, a home run, three runs scored and four walks.

Welcome to the Reds, Hunter Greene

Greene posted on Twitter today about officially being apart of the Reds organization. He has a longer post in his photo section with thank you comments for people in his life, and it’s worth a read. After reading through it, I’ve come to the conclusion that he is a very well-spoken young man. It will be fun to see his development through the minor leagues. Hopefully he’ll be playing in Dayton soon.

News and Notes

Final Thoughts

I was able to see Castillo’s MLB debut in Washington, DC two weeks ago. What impressed me the most was his ability to throw up to 100 mph with his fastball, yet also completely fool hitters with his changeup and slider. He reminds me of Aroldis Chapman in that regard. He hasn’t perfected anything yet, as he’s given up five home runs in 16.1 innings, but he’s also struck out 22. It’s just exciting to actually be able to watch a young Reds prospect pitch, even if he has his struggles. *hint* Reds *hint*

31 thoughts on “Reds vs. Diamondbacks — July 8, 2017

  1. The Old Cossack is on his way to a nap in the Old Recliner. This is a game I don’t intend to miss, even the later innings (like after the 2nd!).

  2. Castillo combination of 97-100 mph fastball and 88-89 mph changeup is devastating. If he can throw them for strikes, he’s gonna be a great one.

  3. This is the Billy Hamilton who keeps teasing us! Man I would love to see him put everything together. If Hamilton can just get on base regularly he creates a monster offense for the Reds.

    • Tease indeed.

      He walks twice against a RH pitcher who is obviously struggling with everything, including holding Hamilton on. He is a menace to Walker.

      If he could only be showcased, platooned even, to focus on these types of situations.

      Those nights when he has produced a .207 AVG, .207 OBP and 18 wRC+. this season vs. LHP really take away from nights like this.

  4. Votto leads the league in BB & HR, so what does he do? Votto hits a HR and walks in his 1st two PA.

  5. Absurdly early comparison because thats what I do but Castillo to Mario Soto? High fastball/changeup combo! From what I remember though…Castillo is taller and could have the potential to have a better slider. He’s fun to watch!!

    • His control issues appear to be issues of inexperience that will be easily corrected just by additional experience. The young man is fun to watch.

    • LOL.

      That’s awesome, Shchi.

      Cross-posting from the good discussion below the line on Steve’s Iglesias article from today.

      Got to read all the articles on RLN, folks.

    • Billy might be getting ready for another .350 obp 2nd half? I got rid of him in 1 of 2 fantasy teams….not good:( He’s really valuable there because he win the steals stat by himself.

      Dilson Herrera 12 for last 35 (.343). If they keep Zack they could send Peraza down for more work and platoon Herrera w/Scooter. I like what little of I’ve seen of Herrera on tape and in a few Lville games vs Indy. He looks pretty strong and his swing is fairly short.

  6. The rest of the team will fly home….Scooter will just jog for fun. Chuck Norris hopes for an autograph!

  7. This could’ve been Castillo’s 3rd win already if the pen would’ve held up. We weren’t going anywhere this year regardless but it irritates me that Arroyo and those other guys sucked so bad while Castillo was mowing them down in AA. He is 24 yrs old after all? I remember Dusty did the same thing w/Cozart when he came up! Renteria was obv washed up and Zack was killing it at AAA and they waited til July to bring him up.

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