The Cincinnati Reds (19-20) will host the San Fransisco Giants (25-16) for game two of a four game series at GABP tonight at 6:40 PM. The Reds had their two game win streak snapped last night behind a shaky defensive effort. The Reds are 1-3 agains the Giants so far in 2021.
Tonight’s pitching matchup is very interesting. You have the pitcher that many Reds fans gave up on in 2020 vs the pitcher some are starting to give up on in 2021. Anthony DeSclafani looked completely lost last season in 9 games (7 starts) when he posted a 7.22 ERA/6.10 FIP. Disco has shown this season why it can be silly to put too much stock in small samples. This season, DeSclafani has the 10th best ERA in baseball.
The Reds desperately need Luis Castillo to get right. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Reds win the NL Central without a good Castillo. The strikeout rate being below 7 sticks out the most. He has never had a season where this was an issue, so you have to assume he will find a way at some point to figure it out. Mike Petriello of MLB.com pointed out that Castillo has been the victim of the worst defense behind him of any pitcher.
This is 2020-21 for best/worst OAA of a pitcher's defense behind him (not the pitcher's own fielding) and I don't know why this is larger a spread than I expected it to be. Weirdly half of Castillo's -8 is from 1B, which, what pic.twitter.com/jBgROOe2mf
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 18, 2021
Castillo has a career 3.28 ERA in 4 starts against the Giants. Earlier this year, he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 5.0 innings against the Giants. He gave up two home runs, but one of the home runs came after a really brutal missed strike call.
DeSclafani will make his first career start against the Reds. He did make one appearance in relief in 2014 during his brief MLB stint with the Marlins. He gave up a single to Chris Heisey, but struck out Ryan Ludwick and Ramon Santiago before getting Zack Cozart to groundout to end the inning.
|1. Mike Tauchman (CF)
2. Darin Ruf (1B)
3. Mike Yastrzemski (RF)
4. Evan Longoria (3B)
5. Brandon Crawford (SS)
6. Wilmer Flores (2B)
7. Alex Dickerson (LF)
8. Curt Casali (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
|1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Nick Castellanos (RF)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Tyler Naquin (CF)
5. Kyle Farmer (SS)
6. Jonathan India (2B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Alex Blandino (1B)
9. Luis Castillo (P)
The Reds called up outfielder Mark Payton and optioned reliever Cionel Pérez to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday afternoon.
Nick Senzel is out of the Reds lineup on Tuesday with knee soreness. David Bell said he could return to the lineup in the next day or two. He'll be available tonight, Bell said. Bell added that Mike Moustakas is closer to a return to the lineup. He'll also be available.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 18, 2021
David Bell on Mike Moustakas, who is out of the lineup again today: “He’s getting there, it’s just slower and there’s nothing he can do to speed it up.”
Bell says he’ll be available to pinch-hit again tonight.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) May 18, 2021
Luis Castillo is going to figure it out at some point. He has just been too good for too long not to. Tonight seems like a good night for that turnaround to begin. Go Reds!