After a one-run win last night that had contributions from many different players, the Reds (25-29) are back at it on this Friday night for the second game of the weekend series against the Cardinals (31-26).
- First pitch: 8:15 ET
- Location: Busch Stadium
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: WLW 700 or streaming on the IHeartRadio app
|Kwang Hyun Kim||37.0||3.65||4.68||3.46||4.18||1.41||20.0%||7.3%|
Luis Castillo pitched better in his most recent start against the Cubs on Saturday, allowing only two earned runs (the other two were unearned) over five innings. He still needs to walk fewer batters (he gave up 16 walks in 28.0 innings in the month of May), and his strikeout rate still isn’t where it has been in the past, but there is progress being made.
Castillo also really hasn’t had any help from the defense behind him. Of all the Reds starters, Castillo is the one who has given up the most unearned runs with eight. He’s struggling on the mound and an inning being prolonged by errors behind him are probably only defeating him more. This is also why you can’t really look at his ERA so far this season. With an xERA of 4.28 and an xFIP of 4.28, Castillo’s expected stats are much closer to where he can be.
In his first full season in MLB, 32-year-old left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim is acquitting himself quite nicely in the Cardinals rotation, with a 3.65 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 37.0 innings. He was on the 10-day injured list for about two weeks in April, but since returning to the active roster, he has been a mainstay in the Cardinals rotation.
The Reds were not able to figure Kim out when they faced him on April 23 at Busch Stadium. He gave up only one run and struck out eight in 5.2 innings. Teams might be catching on to his scouting report now, however, because in his last two starts, he has allowed seven runs total in 10.2 innings. Maybe the Reds can do the same tonight?
St. Louis Cardinals
|3B Eugenio Suárez||RF Tommy Edman|
|LF Jesse Winker||CF Dylan Carlson|
|RF Nick Castellanos||1B Paul Goldschmidt|
|C Tyler Stephenson||3B Nolan Arenado|
|CF Scott Heineman||C Yadier Molina|
|SS Kyle Farmer||LF Tyler O’Neill|
|2B Jonathan India||2B Matt Carpenter|
|P Luis Castillo||SS Edmundo Sosa|
|1B Alex Blandino||P Kwang-hyun Kim|
Since a left-hander is on the mound for the Cardinals tonight, Scott Heineman gets the start in center field.