Castillo (5-8) picked up the win in Friday's 6-3 victory over the Cubs, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over 5.2 innings while striking out five.
The right-hander fell just short of a quality start, getting the hook after hitting Javier Baez with a pitch to put runners at first and second with two outs in the sixth inning of a 4-3 game, but Castillo was still able to notch his first win in almost a month. He'll carry a 5,70 ERA into his next outing Wednesday in Atlanta.
Castillo (4-8) took the loss against the Pirates on Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out two.
Castillo once again struggled to keep the ball in the park, allowing a pair of homers for the second straight game and putting his season total at a brutal 17 home runs allowed through 78 innings. The 25-year-old has now taken a loss in four straight starts, a stretch in which he's gone six innings just once and allowed a combined 16 runs over 20.2 frames. He'll carry an unsightly 5.77 ERA into his next start, which will come at home against the Cubs.
Castillo (4-7) struck out 10 Cardinals batters Saturday but still picked up the loss, allowing five runs over six innings on four hits and three walks.
Included in the damage against Castillo were two first-inning homers, giving him 15 homers allowed in 73 innings. Castillo now has a 5.79 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, and a big reason why might be his declining velocity. After averaging 97.5 MPH on his fastball last season, his average fastball this year is 95.3 MPH.
Castillo had seemed to be putting it together of late after a brutal start to the season, but he's now given up four earned in back-to-back outings, bringing his ERA up to 5.64 and WHIP to 1.45 over 67 innings. Overall, that's a disappointing return so far for a player who was touted as a potential breakout candidate after posting a 3.12 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP with 98 strikeouts over 89.1 innings in his first action at the big-league level last season.
Castillo will make his next start Sunday against the Padres, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Castillo wasn't initially in line for two starts heading into the current week, but the Reds' pitching schedule changed after Homer Bailey was banished to the bullpen following another poor outing Monday against the Diamondbacks. Bailey had been in line to start the series finale in San Diego, but that assignment will now fall to Castillo with the Reds taking advantage of Thursday's off day to get by with a four-man rotation for the time being. The adjustment looks like a favorable one for Castillo, who now has the luxury of facing an anemic Padres offense at one of the pitcher-friendlier environments in all of baseball.
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