The first place Cincinnati Reds (9-6) will begin the final home series before a difficult road trip tonight at 6:40 PM against the Arizona Diamondbacks (6-10). The Reds are 16-4 in their last 20 games at GABP dating back to last season. The Dbacks took 2 of 3 vs the Reds in Phoenix last week, but they are even more decimated with injuries now. They are currently missing three players from their regular lineup: superstar Ketel Marte, slugger Christian Walker and speedster Tim Locastro. The Dbacks scored just 7 runs over their last three games against the Nationals.
Luis Castillo has been far better than his numbers would indicate. The opening day start was a disaster, but his defense really let him down (he should have got out of the first inning down 1-0, instead he ended up giving up 5 more runs that inning). Castillo dominated the Pirates in his next start (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K). His last start came against the Giants and even that was better than the 4 ER over 5 IP might indicate. Castillo got absolutely hosed on a 2-1 pitch to Brandon Crawford that clearly was in the zone. Crawford took advantage, and hit the 3-1 pitch in the seats. Even despite that, Castillo had 7 K with 0 BB in 5.0 IP.
BTW, the 4th pitch in the at-bat to Brandon Crawford called a ball was complete garbage. Luis should have had a 2-2 count instead of 3-1. Next pitch was the home run. pic.twitter.com/3cqJdQp6q4
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) April 14, 2021
Castillo has a career 4.25 ERA in 6 starts against the Dbacks (41 K/12 BB in 36.0 IP).
Zac Gallen is really, really good when he can stay healthy. Since the start of 2019, his 2.77 ERA is tied for the 6th best in the MLB. He had a hairline fracture that delayed his 2021 debut until last week (4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K). Gallen threw 82 pitches in that game. He has only made one career start against the Reds, back in 2019: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 HR, 2 BB, 5 K). It was the final start of the 2019 season, and Suarez hit two home runs off him.
|1. Pavin Smith (1B)
2. Kole Calhoun (RF)
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (3B)
4. David Peralta (LF)
5. Carson Kelly (C)
6. Eduardo Escobar (2B)
7. Nick Ahmed (SS)
8. Nick Heath (CF)
9. Zac Gallen (P)
|1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Tyler Naquin (RF)
3. Eugenio Suarez (SS)
4. Joey Votto (1B)
5. Nick Senzel (CF)
6. Jonathan India (2B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Kyle Farmer (3B)
9. Luis Castillo (P)
Nick Castellanos is out of the lineup due to his silly suspension. It’s yet another blow for the Reds core lineup. The combo of Votto, Moustakas, Suarez, Senzel, Winker and Castellanos have appeared in the same lineup a grand total of 7 times out of 76 games since the start of 2020. Some of that is due to platooning, but for the most part, it has felt like the Reds have been missing at least one key position player nightly for two seasons.
News and Notes
Mike Moustakas was originally in the starting lineup, but he was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Saturday just before 6pm ET. Alex Blandino was activated from the injured list to take his spot on the active roster.
Nick Castellanos spoke today about his garbage suspension. We’ve got all of what he said about his suspension right here if you want to listen to the entire thing.
How about these jersey concepts from designer Seth Reese?
couple pinstripe concepts as well #ATOBTTR
** also no one said anything about the 2021 World Series patch ** ? pic.twitter.com/WmyH4DK0zS
— Seth Reese ? (@sreesecreates) April 12, 2021
Reds baseball = family
Found a box of letters from 1956/1957 that my dads parents wrote him while he was in Navy. ?? Grandpa passed unexpectedly early Jan 1957. It’s an amazing glimpse of their life during that time. This @reds update was tucked into one of the 1956 letters. pic.twitter.com/Y5XWUhdQ4r
— wendy adams (@qendy) April 20, 2021
Luis Castillo is due for a really dominating performance. The current Dbacks lineup should be a really great matchup for him. Go Reds!