The Cincinnati Reds will only have one All-Star this year and it will be starting pitcher Luis Castillo. Through 17 starts on the season, the 26-year-old right-handed pitcher has posted a 2.47 ERA in 98.1 innings. He’s allowed just 61 hits, and his 5.6 hits allowed per 9-innings pitched is the best in the league. He’s walked a league high 52 batters, though he has countered that some with 115 strikeouts.
For Luis Castillo, this is his first All-Star selection in just his second full season. He’s the first Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher to make the game since the Reds landed two of them back in 2014. Johnny Cueto made the team that year. And so did Alfredo Simon. Somehow.
Here’s video of Luis Castillo after the game today talking about his selection, as well as manager David Bell on Castillo this season:
While it feels fair to say that Luis Castillo deserved to make the team, it also feels fair to wonder how Amir Garrett didn’t. While you could probably argue for another guy or two on the team to perhaps have an argument, it’s an easy one to make with Garrett. The left-handed reliever has a 1.75 ERA in 36.0 innings with season with 51 strikeouts. He’s allowed just 25 hits, 3 home runs, and he’s walked 20 batters in 41 games. If that’s not enough to get you an All-Star nod, it’s tough to know what is.