Happy Luis Castillo Day!
It’s a battle of rookie pitchers at GABP this afternoon as the Reds (47-67) and Padres (50-63) meet for the final time in 2017. The Reds will try to take three out of four in this series and finish with a winning homestand. First pitch is at 12:35 EDT.
Luis Castillo continues to prove that he should be in the Reds rotation in 2018. Through nine starts, he has a 3.64 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 55 strikeouts In 54.1 innings. There are games where he struggles with his command, such as his last start against St. Louis in which he walked five, but that happens with young pitchers. Castillo is a ground ball pitcher, as 58.9% of balls in play against him are ground balls. If Castillo can learn to be more consistent with his command, the Reds have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
When I saw the name of the Padres pitcher, the first words out of my mouth were “What? Who?” I had no idea Dinelson Lamet existed before last night. So, who is this guy? He’s a rookie pitcher who has made twelve starts after getting called up by the Padres at the end of May. The Padres signed him out of the Dominican Republic as an amateur free agent in June 2014. Lamet, like many young pitchers, has had his struggles, but he’s also had a few highlights in his short career. On June 17, he struck out 12 Milwaukee Brewers in six innings. Of course, he also gave up four hits on three runs, including two home runs.
Lamet has 80 strikeouts in 63.1 innings. Some might think this is skewed because of the 12-strikeout game, but on average, he has struck out about one batter per inning.
Despite the 5.12 ERA, Lamet is beginning to turn it around, posting a 1.96 ERA over his last three starts, including what might be his best start yet: 5.2 innings of one hit, shut out baseball against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His two main pitches are his fastball and his slider, but he also has a changeup that he doesn’t use too often. The Padres have been encouraging to use his slider more, and it seems to be paying off for him.
|1. Carlos Asuaje (2B)
2. Cory Spangenberg (3B)
3. Jose Pirela (LF)
4. Yangervis Solarte (SS)
5. Wil Myers (1B)
6. Hunter Renfroe (RF)
7. Matt Szczur (CF)
8. Luis Torrens (C)
9. Dinelson Lamet (P)
|1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Patrick Kivlehan (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Luis Castillo (P)
-ALERT: Jesse Winker is leading off. This is a good thing.
-I’d prefer to see Suarez hitting ahead of Gennett, but I guess you can’t have everything. It’s a decent lineup today, regardless.
News and Notes
-Just when you thought Joey Votto couldn’t get any better than he already is, there’s this:
-And if you missed it, former Red Jay Bruce is back in Ohio. He was traded to the Indians last night for a minor league pitcher named Ryder Ryan. I think the Indians got a steal here. And Bruce returns to wearing the number 32.
Yikes. What a telling statistic. The disappointing part of watching the Reds starters is knowing that if the Reds had even half the pitching they’ve had, with the offense they can produce, this team would be much closer to .500 than they are right now.