Castillo named NL pitcher of the month
Luis Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds has been named the National League Pitcher of the Month and Tyler Glasnow of the Tampa Bay Rays has been voted April’s American League Pitcher of the Month.
Castillo claimed the first monthly award of his career, and became the first Reds pitcher to earn NL Pitcher of the Month honors since Kent Mercker in June 1997.
Glasnow earned his first career AL Pitcher of the Month Award, and his first monthly honor overall.
Tyler’s award marks the third straight month in which a Rays player has won the AL Pitcher of the Month Award, following his rotation-mate Blake Snell, who claimed the honor in both August and September during his Cy Young Award-winning campaign last year.
Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds (@luismcpinales)
• Registered a 3-1 record with 50 strikeouts and a 1.45 ERA across seven starts, while limiting the opposition to just 26 hits, two home runs and 17 walks.
• Began his award-winning month with three consecutive starts with at least eight strikeouts while not allowing more than two hits in each outing. Became just the third Major League pitcher since 1893 to post three consecutive such starts, joining Hall of Famers Randy Johnson (1997) and Rube Marquard (1911).
• Became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to post a month in which he logged a 1.45 ERA-orbetter with at least 50 strikeouts over 40.0 innings pitched-or-more.
• Led by their ace, the Reds’ team ERA (3.28) was the lowest across all NL Clubs by the end of April, trailing only Glasnow and the Rays for the Major League lead.
Tyler Glasnow, Tampa Bay Rays (@tylerglasnow)
• Across six starts, compiled a perfect 5-0 record with 38 strikeouts, seven walks and a 1.75 ERA over
36.0 innings pitched. Permitted just 27 hits and three home runs.
• With his victory on April 28th, joined Matt Moore (2013) as the only pitchers in franchise history to
tally five wins before the start of May.
• Posted the best start of his award-winning month on April 10th against the Chicago White Sox, earning the win after tossing 6.0 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts, and permitting just two hits with one walk. It marked the fifth start in franchise history in which a pitcher tallied at least 11 punchouts while not allowing more than two hits and one walk.
• During his dominant month, tossed at least 5.0 innings in each outing and did not surrender more than two runs in any start.
Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included Matt Boyd (2-2, 3.13 ERA, 37.1 IP, 48 SO) of the Detroit Tigers; Marcus Stroman (6 GS, 1.43 ERA, 37.2 IP, 36 SO) of the Toronto Blue Jays; All-Star Trevor Bauer (4-1, 2.45 ERA, 47.2 IP, 55 SO) of the Cleveland Indians; All-Star closer Roberto Osuna (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 7 SV, 12.1 IP) and All-Star Justin Verlander (4-1, 2.45 ERA, 44.0 IP, 53 SO) of the Houston Astros; and Marco Gonzales (5-0, 2.80 ERA, 45.0 IP, 34 SO) of the Seattle Mariners.
Others receiving votes for NL Pitcher of the Month included All-Star Zack Greinke (5-1, 3.27 ERA, 44.0 IP, 46 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Max Fried (3-1, 2.30 ERA, 31.1 IP, 26 SO) f the Atlanta Braves; Kyle Davies (3-0, 1.38 ERA, 32.2 IP, 21 SO) of the Milwaukee Brewers; German Márquez (3-2, 2.93 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 43 SO) of the Colorado Rockies; and rookie Chris Paddack (2-1, 1.91 ERA, 33.0 IP, 35 SO) and April’s Reliever of the Month Kirby Yates (16 G, 0.56 ERA, 14 SV, 25 SO) of the San Diego Padres.