So…..things didn’t so well last night. The Cincinnati Reds (49-70) will try it again against the first place Chicago Cubs (62-55), tonight at 8:05. The Reds fell 15-5 in a wild game last night that featured the debut of Scooter Gennett, pitcher. The goods news for the Reds is that they have Luis Castillo on the mound tonight.
Luis Castillo will get his first shot of his career against the Cubs tonight. I think maybe the most impressive thing about Castillo is that he has yet to have a terrible start (*knock on wood*). He has made it through the 5th inning in every start this year, and has not allowed more than 4 earned runs in any start.
Kyle Hendricks has a career 3.81 ERA in 9 starts against the Reds. He is coming off a brilliant 2016 season where he finished third in the NL Cy Young vote. He had a 2.13 ERA/3.20 FIP last year. Hendrick missed significant time this season because of a sore pitching hand. However, since returning from the DL on July 24th, he has a 2.57 ERA/3.37 FIP. Joey Votto has 2 home runs in just 13 at-bats against Hendricks, and also has 7 walks.
You can find the lineups here.
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The Reds have lost three straight games. I think it is time for a win. Go Reds!