Wednesday was the first Luis Castillo Day for the Mariners, and Seattle will take plenty more days like that.

Early power sends Mariners past Yankees 7-3 in Luis Castillo’s debut

Castillo, the prize of Seattle’s acquisitions before Tuesday’s trade deadline, turned in 6 2/3 innings of three-run ball while allowing five hits, walking three and striking out eight Yankees hitters in his M’s debut. He also got some great run support as the Mariners jumped out on New York’s $324 million ace Gerrit Cole, tagging him for six runs in the first inning before Castillo threw a single pitch. All in all, Seattle won the game 7-3 and secured a big series win over the AL East-leading Yankees.

While the six early runs off Cole was certainly a stellar development, all eyes were on the Mariners’ big deadline acquisition of Castillo as he pitched his first game in a Seattle uniform.

You have the box score numbers, but what did Castillo’s first M’s start really look like? Let’s break it down.

Dude was amped up

Castillo was pretty juiced Wednesday, and for good reason.

It was his first start for a new team and his first “meaningful” start in terms of playoff contention this year. It also came in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium and against the Yankees, who own the American League’s best record and have a dangerous lineup, even if MVP frontrunner Aaron Judge had the afternoon off.

It was evident that was the case when looking at the fastball. According to Statcast, Castillo averaged 98.3 mph on his sinker and 98.0 with the four-seam fastball in his first Mariners start. For context, Castillo entered Wednesday averaging 96.6 mph with the sinker and 96.9 with the four-seamer. Yeah, good little jump in velo from a guy who is already one of …read more

Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports


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