After last night’s game in which Matt Harvey’s trade value decreased and no one except Curt Casali could hit a rookie lefty pitcher, the Reds (21-38) and Padres (26-34) face each other in the rubber match of the series. It’s an odd start time for this game, as on a Sunday evening, first pitch is at 6:10 ET.
Luis Castillo will try to bounce back from a poor performance in Arizona last Tuesday where he gave up four hits and five runs, four of them earned, in only five innings pitched. While he struck out six, he also walked three.
Castillo has already given up 12 home runs in 2018, one more than he gave up in all of 2017. His HR/FB% in 2018 is 19.2%, compared to last season when it was 17.2%. Not only are more of the fly balls he gives up going out of ballparks, he is giving up more fly balls in general. In 2017, Castillo’s GB% was 58.8%. This year, it’s currently sitting at 47.6%. Meanwhile, his FB% has gone from 29.0% to 33.0%. Why is he giving up more fly balls? It could have something to do with throwing more change-ups this season. In 2018, 26.8% of Castillo’s pitches are change-ups, up from 22.7% in 2017.
Castillo has faced the Padres before, albeit in limited at-bats.
Tyson Ross is the veteran of the Padres’ pitching staff and he’s also been the best pitcher in their rotation in 2018. He leads all Padres starters in nearly every category. In a wild year of injuries for Padres pitching, Ross has been a constant at the top of the rotation, which is a bit ironic because he’s coming back from injuries of his own.
After a shoulder injury in 2016 and thoracic outlet surgery in 2017, Ross seems to be returning to the pitcher he was in 2014 and 2015. Ross has already pitched more innings in 2018 than the last two seasons combined. His numbers reflect similarly with his numbers from the 2014 and 2015 seasons, particularly his K% and BB%. Ross has four pitches: fastball, slider, cutter, and change-up. The difference from four years ago to now is that he’s throwing a lot more breaking stuff, and it seems to be working for him.
Only four Reds have faced Ross in their careers. Scooter Gennett has had the most success off him.
|1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Tucker Barnhart (C)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Luis Castillo (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Travis Jankowski (LF)
2. Eric Hosmer (1B)
3. Jose Pirela (2B)
4. Christian Villanueva (3B)
5. Franmil Reyes (RF)
6. Freddy Galvis (SS)
7. Manuel Margot (CF)
8. Raffy Lopez (C)
9. Tyson Ross (P)
News and Notes
-Anthony DeSclafani will be back on the mound Tuesday.
DeSclafani will start Tues for #Reds
— Jim Day (@JimDayTV) June 3, 2018
-Interesting statistics on a comparison between Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler. I think this proves again that Duvall is an all-or-nothing hitter.
starts this season
AD: 189 PA, 8 HR/ 28 RBI
SS: 155 PA, 7 HR/ 20 RBI#Reds
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) June 3, 2018
-A Reds prospect at Daytona is doing an incredible thing.
— Daytona Tortugas (@daytonatortugas) June 3, 2018
-More Reds prospects playing well.
Catcher Hendrik Clementina and LHP Wennington Romero are the #RedsMiLB Player and Pitcher of the Month for May!
Clementina slashed .329/.434/.729 with 20 RBI and a Midwest League-best seven HR. Romero was 3-1 in five starts, pitching to a .176 AVG and 0.83 WHIP. pic.twitter.com/cpRPPyzZnF
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 2, 2018