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 Post subject: Game 130: Pirates at Reds
PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:29 am 
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At Great American Park
Game time: 7:10 PM ET
Probable starters:
PIT: Gerrit Cole (10-8 4.16 ERA)
CIN: Luis Castillo (2-6, 3.45 ERA)

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For his Players Weekend jersey, Reds rookie starting pitcher Luis Castillo will have the Spanish word "La Piedra" above No. 58 on his jersey. It means "the rock" in English and teammates say the right-hander is throwing really hard, or throwing rocks, to hitters.

Castillo will be facing Gerrit Cole (aka "Cole Train") and the Pirates on Saturday. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle hasn't seen Castillo in person yet, but is aware of the reputation.

"The fastball's real. The velocity's real," Hurdle said. "We've had some reports where it's been up to 100 [mph]. It's 96-98, firm. Four-seamer up with life. The two-seamer's got some arm-side tail; it'll sink a little bit.
The changeup is more of a go-to pitch than a slider. He uses the slider more against right-handers. It's a three-pitch mix. It's 84-98, all of it packaged."

Castillo, 24, is 2-6 with a 3.45 ERA but is coming off of a lackluster outing. He lasted four innings and 90 pitches vs. the Braves in Sunday's 8-1 loss while allowing two earned runs and four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Cole is quite familiar with the Reds and his experiences haven't been very positive. He is 0-6 with a 5.14 ERA in nine career starts against Cincinnati. However, he did well in his lone start vs. the Reds this season on May 1. The right-hander worked six innings, allowing three runs (two earned), one walk and seven strikeouts.

Home runs have been an issue for Cole this season, as he's allowed 27 in his 26 starts.

Three things to know about this game:

• Among the Reds who have given Cole the most trouble: Scooter Gennett (.400 average, .850 OPS), Billy Hamilton (.353, .921) and Eugenio Suarez (.429, 1.016). But he's held Joey Votto to a .235/.391/.235 slash line -- four hits and five walks with eight strikeouts in 23 plate appearances -- and Zack Cozart is 1-for-12 vs. Cole.

• Catcher Chad Wallach was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Friday when backup catcher Stuart Turner went on paternity leave. When Wallach appears in a game, he will be the 25th Reds player to make his big league debut in the last two seasons. That leads the Major Leagues.

• Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen is expected back in the lineup after a day off Friday. "Cutch" is batting .225 with a .586 OPS in 11 games since left knee discomfort forced him to exit an Aug. 11 game early in Toronto. He's hitting .200 with a .546 OPS over his last 14 games.


http://m.mlb.com/news/article/201708252 ... _pk=492032

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:28 am 
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Pirates be da Reds bitches...

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Wow.

Gerrit did it all last night.

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We had 'em all the way!

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