Luis Castillo makes his last start for the Reds. Castillo has made significant progress in 2019. His strikeout rate (28.8 K%) is the highest of his career. He gained almost 10% in ground ball rate. Castillo’s swinging-strike rate (15.9%) is fourth highest among MLB starters, trailing only Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. He leads Jacob deGrom. Castillo has faced Milwaukee four times in 2019, and his starts against the Brewers represent the highest of highs and lowest of lows.
The Reds (73-85) take the field at GABP for the final time in 2019. You may have heard it’s also the final broadcast for Marty Brennaman, who has called Reds games for an impressive 46 season.
The Brewers have clinched a spot in the Wild Card play-in game. But they remain just 1.5 games out of the NL Central lead. The Cardinals dropped their final two games in Arizona and have today off. They then have three games with the Cubs in St. Louis.
Mike Hart: Eugenio Suarez gets the day off. Let’s hope he gets a pinch-hit appearance so Marty gets a chance to potentially call his 50th home run! Suarez has 9 HRs off of the Brewers this season, tied for the most off of any team this year.
Here are the splits for Reds hitters against right-handed pitchers:
[Graphics: Baseball Savant]
Big thanks to Mike Hart, who contributed graphics and research for this post.