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.
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.
|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.
I'm a Cincinnati Red! @Reds !!!!!My thx u is 2 long but have 2 pay respect so I had 2 put it on through photos. Read it through a few tweets
— Hunter Greene (@HunterGreene17) July 8, 2017
News and Notes
Thank you to all my family, friends and fans for the best wishes on my surgery. Everything went well and I'll be back ready to go next year!
— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) July 8, 2017
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 8, 2017
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 8, 2017
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*