Last night, the Reds won a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 2011. This afternoon, this juggernaut of a team will go for a four game series sweep. First pitch is at 4:10 ET.
It’s not a stretch to say Luis Castillo has struggled early this season. But what fans should remember is that while he had an incredible rookie year, he’s still pitched only 130 innings in the big leagues. And he is starting to turn it around. In his last two starts, Castillo has given up just two earned runs each while striking out seven. He’s also walked only one batter in each of his last two starts, an improvement from a couple of starts in April where he walked three or four batters.
After two very good seasons in 2016 and 2017, Rich Hill’s numbers look like he hasn’t started 2018 on a good note. But in reality, the Arizona Diamondbacks just own him this year. In a weird anomaly, he has faced two teams twice. Hill faced the Giants in back-to-back appearances and the Diamondbacks at the beginning of April. He came off the DL earlier this week to face the Diamondbacks again and gave up five runs in four innings. He has given up 15 runs and six home runs in 19 innings, but 12 runs and five homers came against Arizona.
The Reds haven’t quite been able to figure out Hill, albeit in limited at-bats.
The lineups can be found here.
News and Notes
-After skipping a start to keep his innings down, top pitching prospect Hunter Greene started last night in Dayton and pitched very well.
Hunter Greene's final line tonight:
4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO.
Fastball hit 100 mph in three different innings including the last pitch of his outing.
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) May 13, 2018
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) May 13, 2018
-It’s fun when both the offense and the pitching are good at the same time. This trend should continue.
Since this tweet, Red have gone 3-0 when scoring 4,5, or 6 runs and 3-0 when allowing 2 or 3 runs
Offensive and defensive success lining up for once this season. https://t.co/OnbTMYbqPM
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 13, 2018
Everything is always better when the Reds are winning. As I’m sure most fans who read Redleg Nation are, I’m the type of person who will watch Reds baseball even when the team is losing. But I think we can all agree it’s much more enjoyable to watch wins than losses.
Finally, , Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 13, 2018