Castillo (4-5) picked up the win Monday against the Brewers, allowing one run on four hits and three walks across 6.2 innings. He struck out nine.
Castillo was sharp once again Monday, with his lone hiccup being a solo shot by Jedd Gyorko in the fifth. The right-hander has won each of his last four starts, punching out 33 while allowing just four runs across 28.2 frames. After starting the campaign 0-5, Castillo will have a chance to even his record when he takes the ball Saturday in Minnesota.
Castillo (3-5) allowed three hits and one walk over seven scoreless innings in a win over the Pirates on Wednesday. He struck out 10.
The right-hander put the team on his back once again after going the distance his last time out. He induced 18 swinging strikes on 91 pitches en route to his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season, and he now has a 1.23 ERA and 24:6 K:BB in his last three starts. Castillo endured some tough luck early and did not get much support from his teammates, but the surface numbers are finally starting to match up to his underlying dominance. He lines up to start Tuesday at home against the Brewers and could potentially go again the final day of the regular season, Sept. 27 at Minnesota, if the Reds are still in it.
Castillo (2-5) pitched a nine-inning complete game, allowing a run on two hits and three walks while striking out six in Friday's win over the Cardinals.
Castillo emptied the tank in this game, throwing 112 pitches (73 strikes) while allowing just one extra-base hit. The only run he allowed happened in the second inning when Matt Carpenter's groundout allowed Brad Miller to score. Castillo's put together good outings in each of his last two starts. He now has a 3.44 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 66:20 K:BB across 52.1 innings this season. The right-hander is expected to face the Pirates on Wednesday in his next start.
Castillo (1-5) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings as he earned the win in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
Castillo has been dominant at forcing strikeouts this season, but he's struggled to limit run production. As a result, he was charged with losses in five of his last six starts. However, he took advantage of the struggling Pirates in Friday's matinee to enter the win column for the first time this season. The right-hander now carries a 3.95 ERA and 60:17 K:BB over 43.1 innings in 2020. His next start should come on the road Thursday against the Cubs.
Castillo (0-4) was charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday. He struck out nine.
Castillo was quite good, but he was let down not only by his offense (again), but by his defense as well. Joey Votto misfired a throw to second base as he tried to turn two in the fourth inning, and that error led to the Brewers scoring all three of their runs in the game. Castillo is a perfect example of the limitations of win-loss record and ERA; he is winless with a 4.18 ERA, but Castillo has a 45:14 K:BB and only one homer allowed, fueling one of the best FIPs among MLB starters. The Reds will look to finally get him into the win column Sunday at home against the Cubs.
Castillo (0-3) was charged with four runs (three earned) on five hits over 3.1 innings in a loss to the Royals in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader. He struck out five and walked two.
Making his first start in eight days after the team's COVID-19 scare, Castillo was not particularly sharp. He needed 35 pitches to get through the first frame and ended up recording only 10 outs on 89 pitches. The right-hander has made two starts against Kansas City and two against Detroit and yet remains winless on the year. Everything checks out just fine in the peripherals and Castillo should still be considered a top-15 starting pitcher in the NL, even if he's been the third-best starter on his own team to this point. Next week he gets the Brewers in Milwaukee and then the Cubs at home.
Castillo gave up three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks over six innings during Tuesday's extra-inning win over the Royals. He had five strikeouts and did not factor in the decision.
The right-hander wasn't exactly dominant with his lowest strikeout total of the season, but he exited in line for the win before Cincinnati's bullpen surrendered two runs in the eighth inning. Castillo has a 3.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 31:8 K:BB through four starts (23 innings) and has a favorable matchup versus the Pirates on Sunday.
Castillo (0-2) allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out nine over five innings in a loss to Cleveland on Thursday.
Jose Ramirez turned around a 3-2 fastball in the first inning against Castillo, and the right-hander was more generous with the free passes than he was in his first two starts. However, this was far from a bad performance; Castillo just got no support from his teammates. The Reds were shut out once again and have scored a total of seven runs in the three games Castillo has started. He will look to finally get in the win column next week at home against the Royals.
Castillo (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings in a loss to the Tigers on Friday.
Manager David Bell let Castillo begin the seventh inning, and while that decision was justified, it backfired. Detroit got to Castillo for three straight singles before he was pulled and extended a one-run lead to a three-run lead in the frame. Castillo appeared primed for a hot start with two straight matchups against the Tigers to begin the season, but he has a 4.50 ERA and a zero in the win column. A 17:2 K:BB portends good things to come, though he's going to face stiffer competition his next time out with a road matchup in Cleveland on the docket.
Castillo will start Friday's game against the Tigers after Thursday's contest against the Cubs was postponed due to rain, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
With rain pushing the right-hander's start back a day, Castillo will have a chance to try and replicate the dominant outing he logged against Detroit in his last start. Castillo punched out 11 Tigers while allowing just one run in six innings of work in his season debut last Saturday.
Castillo allowed one run on six hits and one walk while striking out 11 over six innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Saturday.
Castillo was brilliant -- he induced a whopping 24 swinging strikes on 91 pitches -- but had to sit back and watch as the Reds' bullpen gave up five runs to blow the lead. Pitching half his games in Great American Ball Park is a hindrance, but Castillo's fastball-changeup combo is one of the best in the game and it would be a surprise if he's not among the NL strikeout leaders when its all said and done. He lines up for a home start against the Cubs next week.
Because he's been doing individual workouts at Great American Ballpark since May, Castillo is confident that he can ramp up quickly for Opening day, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "Right now, because I've been here such a long time and doing all of my bullpen sessions, I think I could go out and pitch 6-7 innings," Castillo said Saturday via translator Jorge Merlos on a Zoom call. "That's how good I feel right now. I'm perfectly OK to do so."
There's likely to be a wide amount of variance in each player's preparedness after this three-week training period, and at this point we have to take the players and teams at their word with the lack of spring training games, but Castillo appears to be well-positioned for the beginning of the season.
Castillo was able to work out individually at Great American Ballpark on Wednesday for the first time since the facilities closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Both Great American Ballpark and the Reds facilities in Arizona have partially re-opened, without coaches and only for players that are in town. It's not much, but it's a start for some players.
Castillo spent a portion of spring training working on improving his slider, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Pitching coach Derek Johnson spoke of that work developing the slider: "There were some (strikeouts) on his slider, which I think has gotten better. I don't have the numbers in front of me on what he struck out guys with. Of course, the changeup is a weapon. I also think in time guys are going to start looking for his changeup more."
Last year, Castillo used his slider the least often of his four pitches, throwing it 17 percent of the time. It generated a lot of whiffs (47.5%) and a low batting average against (.190), but opposing hitters did some damage when they made contact, slugging .452 against it. The changeup will likely always be Castillo's best pitch, but he would benefit from a second reliable offspeed offering.
In Castillo's four spring training starts, he had an 8.68 ERA and 2.14 WHIP, having allowed nine runs and 16 hits over 9.1 innings. He struck out 14 and walked four over that span.
Castillo had similar, maybe even slightly worse, numbers last spring and then exploded out of the gate with seven regular-season games in which he allowed two or fewer runs. That would lead us to the conclusion to not put undue emphasis on his spring training numbers, lest we miss out on one of the dwindling number of healthy aces in our respective drafts.
Castillo threw two innings in Saturday's spring training loss to the Padres, allowing a run on four hits, a wild pitch and a walk and striking out four in the process. In his first spring training outing Monday, he only got two outs while allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Castillo's command isn't quite there yet. "Better," manager David Bell said of Castillo's outing Saturday. "I thought it was a good step. Still not where he needs to get to by the start of the season. Definitely a step in the right direction."
Castillo threw live batting practice Thursday, and his changeup was especially effective against new teammate Mike Moustakas, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Pitchers are typically ahead of hitters at this stage, and that would especially be the case when they can alter the hitter's timing with offspeed pitches. Nonetheless, it's good to see Castillo's go-to pitch working well early this spring.
Castillo (15-8) allowed five runs on five hits with four walks and eight strikeouts across five innings while taking a loss against the Brewers on Thursday.
The 26-year-old has been struggling with walks a lot lately, but this was still the first time he handed out at least four free passes since June 22. Unfortunately, it helped Castillo end this season on a downer note; he hasn't pitched well in September. In his last eight starts, Castillo went 4-4 with a 5.55 ERA. He ends the 2019 season with a 15-8 record, 3.40 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 226 strikeouts in 190.2 innings this season.
Castillo (15-7) was handed the loss after surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings Friday against the Mets.
Castillo worked five scoreless frames before allowing a solo homer in the sixth and a two-run blast in the seventh. Though he did turn in a quality start, his team only put up one run, resulting in a loss. The 26-year-old continues to show why he's his team's ace, as he now sports a 3.25 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 218 strikeouts across 185.2 innings this season.
Castillo is scheduled to make his next start Friday against the Mets, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Castillo initially lined up to take the hill in Wednesday's series finale with the Cubs on his normal four days' rest, but manager David Bell has elected to add a sixth starter to the mix Monday in Kevin Gausman. As a result of Gausman's addition, Castillo will now move back two days in the schedule and should benefit from the change, as he'll be taking on the Mets at home rather than having to pitch at Wrigley Field. After Friday's outing, Castillo tentatively lines up for his last start of the season the following weekend in Pittsburgh.
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