Castillo walked one and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his fifth save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Marlins. The right-hander has reeled off eight straight scoreless appearances, picking up three saves and four holds over that stretch. Castillo now sports a 1.57 ERA and 29:7 K:BB through 23 innings, and he might be the closest thing to a regular closer Tampa has at the moment.
Castillo allowed only one hit and struck out two in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Marlins, earning his 10th hold of the year. Castillo also has four saves this season, and he owns a 1.64 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 22 innings. The Rays' bullpen is a full-fledged committee -- Castillo's ability to perform in high-leverage situations assures he will continue to challenge Jose Alvarado for ninth-inning assignments.
Castillo didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two in the ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Royals. Castillo was called upon to protect a two-run lead and had no trouble doing so, needing only 12 pitches to sit the Royals down in order. The Rays closing situation remains muddled, though Castillo has now recorded the team's last two saves and was likely called upon Thursday because each of the first three batters he was set to face were right-handed. At least in the short term, Castillo and Emilio Pagan apparently will split closer duties, as Jose Alvarado has failed to record a save since April 7; he may come on in a situation that would bring several lefty bats to the plate, though.
Castillo allowed one hit and struck out one in the ninth inning Sunday against the Red Sox on the way to the save. Castillo fanned the first batter of the inning, and after surrendering a hit to Rafael Devers, he retired the final two hitters to secure his third save of 2019. While Jose Alvarado remains the top option for saves and Emilio Pagan was recently used for a string of save opportunities, Castillo has shown he's capable of slamming the door when necessary. The 25-year-old owns a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts over 14.1 innings this season.
Castillo struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his second save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Orioles. Jose Alvarado worked the eighth inning. Castillo has yet to allow a run this season through 10 innings with a 10:3 K:BB, and while he'll primary work in a setup role -- he has five holds to go with his two saves -- manager Kevin Cash isn't afraid to switch his two dominant relief options around if the matchups call for it.