The Cincinnati Reds (39-50) got off to a rough start to the second half, as they were shutout 5-0 by the Washington Nationals (53-36). The Nationals have the worst bullpen in baseball, but the Reds could get into the Washington pen until the 9th inning. The Reds will send their young stud Luis Castillo to the mound tonight at 7:10. Castillo will have his biggest test yet, going up against Max Scherzer, who started the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo will be making just his fifth big league start, but it is already his second start against the Nationals. Castillo made his big league debut in Washington on June 23rd, and he pitched pretty well: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 BB, 5 K. He gave up home runs to Goodwin and Rendon. The long ball has been Castillo’s biggest struggle at the big league level.

Castillo was able to avoid the long ball in his last start, and pitched brilliantly in Arizona: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Castillo’s average fastball of 97.8 MPH is the second best among the 262 MLB starting pitchers this year, only trailing Noah Syndergaard (99.5).


Max Scherzer has been the best pitcher in the National League this season. He leads NL starters in fWAR, ERA, FIP, and K/9. The Reds fortunately missed Scherzer earlier this year. The Reds did well against Scherzer last season (2 GS, 12.2 IP, 4.26 ERA, 9 H, 6 ER). Joey Votto is 4 for 8 with a homer in his career vs Scherzer.

Starting Lineup

You can find the lineups here.

Conclusion 

The Reds really need to get a win. Castillo has been a lot of fun to watch, but he has got his work cut out for him tonight. This could be a big chance for Castillo to show that he can be one of those starting pitchers that will “stick.” Go Reds!

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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  1. Going out on a limb here…Castillo > Adelman

  2. Nice first inning for Castillo. Welch mentioned how “easy” his effort is throwing that 100 mph fastball.

  3. Billy takes Max to the gap…unfortunately bounced over the fence costing him a triple.
    1st pitch capitalization at its best

  4. Taking my kids to their first Reds game tomorrow. I know the size restrictions on bags is 16x16x8. Their Reds Heads club backpacks are 18″ long. How strict are they about the dimensions? Surely they can bring their Reds Heads backpacks to the game, right?

  5. After the first 2 reach, Max strikes out the next 3. He’s not bad

  6. Dan Straily has pitched well for the Marlins this year, but Luis Castillo has looked brilliant thus far since being called up from Pensacola. Let’s hope it continues and he can remain in the rotation this season and beyond.

  7. All 6 outs via the K vs Max

  8. What’s most amazing about Scherzer is how durable he is. For as hard as he throws he’s seemingly out there every start

  9. That slider just rolls off the table

  10. As bad as THOM! is….Ray Knight is 100x worse for the Nats

  11. Castillo is just cool

  12. Billy 2-2 on 2 pitches….go figure

  13. Billy 2-2.

  14. 1st 2 reach again….nada

  15. Man, we are in trouble. This guy does not give you opportunities like this often. Have to take advantage.

  16. I’m at the Lville/Indy game. Tyler Mahle no-no thru 5 ip! The kid looks good! Someone said 96 mph earlier? He has a easy & repeatable delivery and he gets good extension with his front leg. I think he’ll get called up before long!

    • Enjoy the game, Indy. He ain’t no Catillo but he’s a mid to front rotation MLB starter.

    • Lucky you.

      How did the batters behave once they were out? Bewilder angry amazed amused pissed?

  17. Daggonnit….Castillo is pitching so good, and Rendon touches him for a 2 run shot. Better off walking him and take you chances with Weiters. Rendon homered off him in DC, ad hit a foul HR tonight already. Throw him something soft on 3-2

  18. Back to back 4 pitch walks. And he missed badly a few times

  19. Walked Rendon….took care of Weiters….lesson learned

  20. Imagine how good this team would be if it had some offense

  21. 15 innings…0 runs

  22. Lorenzen needs to shelve the curveball tonight. They are banging them…all are up in the zone.

  23. I see that Dr. Jekyll is not pitching in relief tonight – Mr. Hyde has made an appearance .

  24. No “In between” with Lorenzen. He’s either lights out or he stinks it up.

  25. I hope we get the Dusty “Sunday Special” tomorrow and don’t have to face the quartet of Harper, Zimmerman, Murphy, and Rendon.

    • Nationals are in town for a day game on Monday, Dusty may save that lineup for that game instead of Sunday

      • I thought about that also, but then Dusty may want to give the guys a day off Sunday since Monday is a day game. Either way, I think we will get a reduced lineup Sunday or Monday.

  26. Blake Wood …blows up Lorenzen’s line…grand slam

  27. Just checked in and looks like Castillo did ok tonight.We weren’t going to beat Mad Max anyway but he held his own against a good lineup.Can somebody say where is the offense?

  28. Anybody think we may see Winker get to bat.

  29. Raisel Iglesias stock is rising.

  30. I sure wish Dusty would leave Adams in for at least 8 or 10 more hitters.

  31. Can anybody beat the Dodgers in the playoffs?I mean these guys just beat up on everybody and with Kershaw and Wood throwing like they do its hard to believe anybody other then the Nats even challenging them.

  32. Well, at least they’re making it interesting.

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About Nick Kirby

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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