Game Thread

Reds vs Nationals – July 15, 2017

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!

41 thoughts on “Reds vs Nationals – July 15, 2017

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

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

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