Cincinnati will look to see if Luis Castillo can resemble the guy he was his last time out as they try to pick up the series win this afternoon against the Brewers at 1:10pm ET. It could be a tough match up with Freddy Peralta, who has been pitching out of his mind this season for Milwaukee.
|Kolten Wong – 2B||Jesse Winker – LF|
|Omar Narvaez – C||Nick Castellanos – RF|
|Christian Yelich – LF||Tyler Naquin – CF|
|Avisail Garcia – RF||Tyler Stephenson – 1B|
|Daniel Vogelbach – 1B||Tucker Barnhart – C|
|Travis Shaw – 3B||Eugenio Suarez – 3B|
|Willy Adames – SS||Max Schrock – 2B|
|Jackie Bradley Jr. – CF||Kyle Farmer – SS|
|Freddy Peralta – SP||Luis Castillo – SP|
It’s been a tough year for Luis Castillo as he’s struggled to find consistency. His last time out on the mound he looked the best he has all year as he struck out 11 batters – more than he had in the previous three starts combined.
Both lefties and righties have had success this season against Castillo. Lefties are hitting .360/.409/.570 against him with 9 walks and 23 strikeouts in 110 plate appearances. Righties are “only” hitting .309/.371/.494 against him this year with 6 walks and 17 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances.
Pitch usage from 2021
After spending the last two years mostly as a reliever, Freddy Peralta has moved to the rotation and has been dominant for the Brewers. He’s 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA and leads the league in strikeouts per 9-innings pitched and fewest hits allowed per 9-innings pitched.
As you would imagine with the above paragraph, no one is really hitting Peralta this year. Lefties had a .529 OPS against him, while righties had a .494 OPS against him. With that said, there’s a massive difference in how those numbers are arrived at. Righties had 8 walked and 45 strikeouts in 94 plate appearances against him this season. Lefties have 11 walks and 24 strikeouts against him. Lefties give you a far better chance at getting on base and making contact – but a .163 BABIP from lefties has really kept the numbers down.
If there’s a potential split in an incredibly small sample size it’s that Peralta has a 4.85 ERA in 3 road starts and he’s thrown just 13.0 innings.
Pitch usage from 2021
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 82°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain.
News and Notes
A No-Hitter in the Minors and an incredible catch
Last night the Daytona Tortugas combined for a 5-man no-hitter down on the farm. James Proctor started the game and struck out 11 batters in the first five innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. In Double-A TJ Hopkins made the catch of the year as he literally went through the outfield wall. If you like watching cool stuff, videos of both are available at RedsMinorLeagues.com.
Friday’s starter is in the air
With Wade Miley on the injured list someone is going to need to make a spot start. With Monday being an off day that gives the team some wiggle room to push that back a few days, but on Friday the team has officially listed the probable as TBA.
NL Central Standings
Playoff odds via Fangraphs