The smoking hot Cincinnati Reds (36-48) will continue their homestand against the Chicago White Sox (29-54) tonight at 7:10 PM. The Reds have won 11 of 15, and are 28-21 since May 8th. The White Sox are 5-12 over their last 17 games. The White Sox are 25th in the MLB in runs scored, 26th in ERA, and 26th in run differential (-109).
Luis Castillo looked like he was turning his season around after a solid May (3.48 ERA/4.29 FIP). June was not very kind to him, as he posted a 6.75 ERA/5.47 FIP in 6 starts. Tonight will be Castillo’s first time facing the White Sox and any of their hitters.
James Shields will only be facing the Reds for the third time in his career. His two starts came in 2011 and 2015, and he allowed 9 ER in 13.1 IP (6.08 ERA) with 17 K and 6 BB. Shields has rebounded from poor seasons in 2016 & 2017 this year, and has been about an average MLB starter (the White Sox will gladly take that). He pitched 7.0 shutout innings in his last start (vs MIN).
|1. Yoan Moncada (2B)
2. Yolmer Sanchez (3B)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. Daniel Palka (LF)
5. Avisail Garcia (RF)
6. Omar Narvaez (C)
7. Tim Anderson (SS)
8. Adam Engel (CF)
9. James Shields (P)
|1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Tucker Barnhart (C)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Jesse Winker (LF)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Luis Castillo (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
News and Notes
Scooter Gennett on moving up to second in NL 2B All-Star voting: "I woke up and my wife was like, 'you're in second.' I'm like (shakes head), 'great.' It's not too important to me. The support is great, but it's not that important to me." #Reds
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) July 2, 2018
Current NL OBP leaders:
1.) Votto – .433
6.) Suarez – .389
9.) Winker – .383
You have to go all the way back to 1976 to find three or more Cincinnati Reds hitters in the top 10 in on-base percentage. Morgan, Rose, Griffey, and Geronimo ranked 1, 3, 4, and 6. #Reds
— OnBaseMachine (@RedsFan_Brandon) July 2, 2018
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) July 2, 2018
Only 20, slight build, no power, walks 2-3% of PA, good speed, average OF arm at best. Long ways away from helping Reds, if ever. But Reds didn't give up anything much, either. https://t.co/xEJGxkriJD
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) July 2, 2018
Since joining Louisville, Quackenbush has posted a microscopic 0.36 ERA (1 ER, 24.2 IP), struck out 28 hitters to just two walks and converted 11 of 12 save chances. In addition to POTW honors, he was also named an IL All-Star. #RedsMiLB https://t.co/oYHayZLchS
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 2, 2018
You guys enjoy the Reds tonight. I’ll be in Eastlake, Ohio (just outside of Cleveland) checking out Hunter Greene pitching for the first time. I am certainly looking forward to that. Go Reds! Go Dragons!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.