Castillo didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning win over the Brewers, allowing three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven.
It was one of the right-hander's best performances of the season as he threw 64 of 109 pitches for strikes, but neither team was able to put runs on the board until the 10th inning, denying Castillo a win for his efforts. It was only his third quality start of the year, but two of them have come in three June trips to the mound as he's showing signs of putting his poor first couple of months behind him. Over those three outings, Castillo has a 1.93 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 19:7 K:BB through 18.2 innings.
Castillo (2-9) was charged with the loss against the Brewers on Thursday after allowing three runs on one hit and three walks while striking out seven over 5.2 innings.
It wasn't the cleanest first inning for Castillo, who opened the game by hitting a batter while also issuing a walk and giving up an RBI single to Avisail Garcia. The right-hander responded well, however, retiring 11 straight and pitching a 0-2 count on seven of his 15 hitters faced before heading into a 37-minute rain delay after the fourth. Upon returning, Castillo retired four more batters before running into trouble. After the 28-year-old issued two walks and worked for a 10-pitch strikeout, he was pulled in favor of Lucas Sims, who allowed both inherited runners to score. On the season, Castillo has compiled a 6.47 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. He lines up to get another chance with the Brewers on the road next week.
Castillo (2-8) allowed one run on three hits and a walk over six innings Friday, striking out five and earning a win over St. Louis.
The only run to score on Castillo came on a solo shot by Edmundo Sosa in the fifth inning as Castillo produced his best outing in over a month. He had lost his previous seven starts entering Friday's contest, registering a 7.91 ERA through 33 frames during that span. The 28-year-old righty picked up his first win since April 7 and lowered his season ERA to 6.63. Castillo is projected to face the Brewers at home next week.
Castillo (1-8) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Cubs after giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks while fanning three across five innings.
Castillo has found himself at the losing end in each of his last seven outings and has given up at least four runs in all but two of those appearances, so he's clearly moving in the wrong direction. The right-hander has posted a 7.22 ERA and will try to bounce back in his next start, scheduled for next week against the Cardinals on the road.
Castillo (1-7) got the loss Sunday against the Brewers, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings, striking out five.
After an encouraging outing against the Giants on Tuesday, this outing wiped out that progress. The Brewers jumped on him early, scoring three runs in the first inning, an inning that continues to be a problem for him. He generated 13 whiffs on 44 swings.
Castillo (1-6) recorded 11 strikeouts but was charged with the loss Tuesday against the Giants after giving up three runs on six hits and three walks over five innings.
The 28-year-old posted double-digit strikeouts for the first time this season while notching 21 swinging strikes, but he had trouble keeping San Francisco off the basepaths and now leads the National League with six losses. Castillo has a 7.44 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 40:15 K:BB across 42.1 innings, and he's allowed fewer than three earned runs in only two of nine starts.
Castillo (1-5) was charged with the loss against the Rockies on Thursday after surrendering eight runs on 10 hits and a pair of walks while striking out three across 3.2 innings.
There isn't much positivity to pull away from this one. Castillo simply couldn't pull it together at hitter-happy Coors Field. He has now allowed four or more earned runs in five of his eight starts this season while serving up 18 earned runs over his last three starts against the Rockies. The right-hander will look to turn things around Tuesday against the Giants.
Castillo will start Thursday instead of Friday, giving Wade Miley an extra day of rest, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Miley threw 114 pitches in his no-hitter Friday, whereas Castillo had an abbreviated outing the next day. Reds manager David Bell discussed the move's impact on Castillo: "Then Luis, just keeping him on four days' rest, I think was really important. He's trying to get back into the flow. I think a longer break would've been tough for him. I think he wants to get back out there as soon as he can, so I think it did accomplish both."
Castillo is struggling with his changeup and has adjusted his gameplan to throw the pitch less often, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "What I've seen is about 70% of my pitches are staying in the zone," Castillo said through team interpreter Jorge Merlos. "I'm definitely noticing that and I'm definitely focusing on that, too. What I'm trying to do now is pitch lower so that way we can get more swings and misses and more ground balls."
Castillo's out pitch is his changeup, so it's obviously a big concern when it's not on. He threw 24 changeups against Cleveland on Saturday, drawing 17 swings and only one whiff. It follows that he had only two strikeouts in the short start, with neither of the K's coming on the changeup. Alas, his next start is in Coors Field this week, making it less likely that he fixes his early season woes.
Castillo (1-4) took the loss Saturday, coughing up six runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings as the Reds fell 9-2 to Cleveland. He struck out two.
The right-hander threw 57 of 84 pitches before getting the hook, as Castillo failed to last six innings for the fifth straight start. His ERA now stands at 6.42 -- exactly double last year's mark -- and he'll take a disappointing 26:10 K:BB through 33.2 innings into his next outing.
Castillo (1-3) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Cubs. He gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning five across 5.1 innings.
Castillo has now lost two outings in a row and continues to look underwhelming, as he has given up three or more earned runs in four of his six appearances to date. This translates to an inflated 6.07 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP -- two figures that would be career-worst marks for the right-hander. He's expected to take the ball next week against Cleveland on the road.
Castillo (1-2) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings Sunday, striking out three and taking the loss against St. Louis.
Castillo quickly fell behind 1-0 in the first inning and things didn't get much better. He allowed two solo home runs to Tyler O'Neill in the second and fifth innings before Dylan Carlson made it 4-0 with an RBI single. The 28-year-old has now allowed at least four runs in three of his five starts this season. Castillo will carry a 6.29 ERA into next weekend's home outing against the Cubs.
Castillo did not factor into the decision, allowing one earned run on seven hits and three walks in four innings while striking out four in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to Arizona, a completion of Tuesday's suspended game.
The righty has fallen short of expectations so far this season, pitching to a 6.05 ERA and allowing three home runs along with six walks. Opposing batters hit .233 against Castillo last year, but that number has risen to .317 through four 2021 starts. Despite his early struggles, the 28-year-old boasts the elite stuff to turn things around in his fifth season and justify the high price fantasy managers paid to roster him.
Castillo allowed four runs on seven hits -- including two home runs -- over five innings in a no-decision against the Giants on Tuesday. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
The Reds staked Castillo to a four-run lead before he took the mound, but the right-hander gave it all back in the bottom of the frame on a pair of two-run homers. Castillo was good the rest of the way and now has a 12:1 K:BB in his last two starts, indicating he's turned the page on his Opening Day blowup. Castillo would be on normal rest Sunday, but Sonny Gray (back) is due to return this weekend and the Reds haven't given any indication they might skip someone, so expect Castillo's next start to come next Tuesday at home against the Diamondbacks.
Castillo (1-1) earned the win Wednesday against the Pirates after allowing four hits and one walk with five strikeouts across seven scoreless innings.
The right-hander pounded the strike zone and delivered 61 of 81 pitches for strikes in an efficient performance Wednesday, which is a welcome sight after he surrendered eight earned runs to the Cardinals on Opening Day. Castillo next lines up to take the mound Tuesday at San Francisco.
Castillo (0-1) allowed 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits and two walks over 3.1 innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday. He did not record a strikeout.
This was about as ugly as it gets for an ace-level pitcher. Castillo just did not have it on a cold Opening Day in Cincinnati, and the defense behind him let him down; Eugenio Suarez's return to shortstop did not go well, with a pair of errors in the first two innings helping dig the early hole. It was a painful reminder that Castillo faces an uphill battle with the defense behind him, and his velocity was down, which bears watching. He lines up to face the Pirates at home next week.
Castillo will start Opening Day against the Cardinals on April 1, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Castillo had a brief delay this spring due to visa issues, but he's had plenty of time to build up during Cactus League games. Manager David Bell confirmed Friday that Castillo will take the mound for the Reds during the first game of the season after posting a 3.21 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 70 innings during 12 starts last season.
Castillo faced live hitting in batting practice for the first time this spring Monday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Castillo reported to camp late due to visa issues coming from the Dominican Republic. Castillo is expected to get his first spring training game action of the season Friday.
Reds GM Nick Krall issued a statement suggesting that rumors of Castillo being traded to the Yankees are 'completely false,' Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "[The rumors] are completely false," Krall texted. "We intend to have [Castillo] as a member of our rotation for 2021."
While Krall has asserted that he'll listen to offers for nearly everyone, it doesn't really make sense to trade Castillo, absent an overwhelming package. He's making only $4.2 million with the Reds in 2021 and won't become a free agent for another three seasons.
Castillo signed a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Reds on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The right-hander is in his first year of arbitration eligibility, so the $4.2 million is a significant figure despite him still being underpaid. Castillo had a 3.21 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 89:24 K:BB over 70 innings last season, and he should sit at the top of Cincinnati's rotation in 2021 alongside Sonny Gray.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/15||@ MIL||W 2-1||7.0||3||0||3||7|
|06/10||vs MIL||L 2-7||1||5.2||1||3||3||7|
|06/04||@ STL||W 6-4||1||6.0||3||1||1||5|
|05/29||@ CHC||L 2-10||1||5.0||4||2||4||3|
|05/23||vs MIL||L 4-9||1||5.0||5||5||4||5|
|05/18||vs SF||L 2-4||1||5.0||6||3||3||11|
|05/13||@ COL||L 8-13||1||3.2||10||8||2||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AA-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||80.1||14||14||1||4||4||0||81||13||68||2.58||1.011|