The streak is over. After losing the last game in Minnesota and getting swept by the Pirates, the Brewers took game one against the Reds. Tonight’s matchup will be Brandon Woodruff for the Brewers and Luis Castillo for the Reds.
What should the Crew expect from Castillo?
High-heat fastballs are what the Brewers and Reds should expect from each of their starters. Castillo has a four-seam fastball and a sinker that tops out at 98 mph. There was a point in time last season that Castillo was arguably one of the best pitchers in the league. As the season progressed though, his ERA went up. What went wrong? His inability to locate the strike zone led to a career-high of walks given up. Aside from the fastball, sinker, Castillo throws a masterpiece of a change-up. Last season, he struck out 155 batters on his changeup alone. He finished the season with 226 strikeouts. Brewers’ batters should expect the location to be low in the zone.
Castillo is off to a slow start and is still looking for his first win of the season. In five games, Castillo has a high WHIP of 1.52 in 26 ⅓ innings pitched. His previous start lasted 3 ⅓ innings where he allowed three earned runs. There is one Brewer that hasn’t quite figured Castillo out. Christian Yelich is just 2-for-11 against the right-handed starter.
What should the Reds expect from Woodruff?
Similar to his counterpart, Woodruff throws a four-seam fastball that touches 99 mph. Woodruff’s arsenal also includes a sinker and a slider. The Reds veteran first baseman, Joey Votto, has Woodruff’s number. Votto is 6-for-11 with two home runs against the Brewers starter.
-Left-fielder Jace Peterson is making his starting debut for the Brewers tonight!