It’s Luis Castillo day! If that’s not enough to get you excited and ready to follow this game, then I’m not sure what will. Also, if you are “out of market”, the game today is the FREE MLBtv Game of the Day – so you can watch it if you would like to, even if you don’t have the service. The game begins at 1:10pm.

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo 61.2 1.90 2.61 31.8% 10.5%
Zach Davies 52.2 1.54 3.73 16.9% 7.5%

On paper, this match up should be all about Luis Castillo. While Zach Davies actually has the better ERA, he’s been rather lucky to get there. He’s got a well below-average strikeout rate, a good walk rate, and his ground ball rate (not listed above) is below-average. Castillo, on the flip side, has been dominant in every aspect.

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Nick Senzel – CF
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  4. Jesse Winker – RF
  5. Derek Dietrich – 2B
  6. Jose Iglesias – SS
  7. Josh VanMeter – LF
  8. Luis Castillo – P
  9. Tucker Barnhart – C

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  2. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  3. Yasmani Grandal – C
  4. Eric Thames – 1B
  5. Keston Hiura – 2B
  6. Ben Gamel – LF
  7. Hernan Perez – RF
  8. Orlando Arcia – SS
  9. Zach Davies – P

News and Notes

Yasiel Puig may be able to pinch hit today, according to John Fay.

The Cincinnati Reds pitched their 7th shutout of the season last night in their win. They had all of 6 shutouts last season. Today is May 22nd.

Amir Garrett has recorded his last 9 outs via the strikeout. The lefty has struck out 39% of the hitters he’s faced this season (31 of 80).

The Reds are 22-26 this season and in last placed in the National League central. They are 7.0 games back of the first place Cubs. But, they Reds are also only 4.5 or 3.5 games out of one of the wild card spots, trailing the Brewers (4.5), or the Pirates/Braves (3.5).