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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.
Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Luis Castillo: Luis Castillo has thrown 6,447 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Change (87mph) and Fourseam Fastball (96mph), also mixing in a Sinker (97mph) and Slider (86mph).
His change generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' changeups, dives down out of the zone, is much firmer than usual and has slight armside fade. His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has heavy sinking action, has well above average velo and has slight armside run. His sinker is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is thrown at a speed that's borderline unfair, has an obvious tail and has some natural sinking action. His slider generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement.
Sean's Note: Like Gray, Castillo generates tons of strikeouts and ground balls. His ERA is a sparkling 2.63 and his change up is a devastating pitch. In 18.1 innings pitched against Chicago he has allowed six runs.
Final Thoughts: Well Saturday's game was a thing that happened. The less said about that disaster the better. The Cubs return to a more typical lineup, with Jason Heyward leading off. Nicholas Castellanos had his first game without a hit for his new team. A good start from Jon Lester is badly needed at this point. Especially after two pretty rough outings.