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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Luis Castillo: Luis Castillo has thrown 3,653 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), Change (86mph) and Sinker (96mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph).
His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, has well above average velo and has slight armside run. His change generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His sinker has an obvious tail, is blazing fast and has some natural sinking action. His slider generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' sliders, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.
Sean's Note: The Cubs have faced Castillo a lot in 2018, this will be the fourth time they have seen him. They struggled against him in his first start, then did better the last two. Overall he has struggled with a 4.86 ERA, although a 4.33 FIP indicates some bad luck. Lefties hit significantly better against Castillo than do righties.
Final Thoughts: After more heroics from David Bote, the Cubs have now won three straight games. Jose Quintana had a decent start against the Pirates. He has struggled at home in 2018 and consistency has been hard to find. It's good to see Jason Heyward back in the lineup after missing a couple games with an ankle injury. They will need his defense, with Kyle Schwarber, Daniel Murphy, and Ian Happ at third things may get pretty interesting in the field.