Gio: Luis Castillo's dominance another painful reminder of what Yankees could have had

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The Yankees were once again shut down by Luis Castillo on Tuesday night, the third time in the last month that the righty has overpowered the Bombers lineup.

Castillo was also one of the marquee trade chips at the deadline, but it was the Mariners who splurged for the trade, and with Seattle, Castillo twirled eight shutout innings, and since July 14, has allowed just four runs against in 21.2 innings of work.

Talk about what could have been.

“I know we have to give Frankie Montas another chance…with his schedule and showing up,” Gio said. “But if those guys who were battling it out yesterday were on the same team? I know the Mariners gave away a ton…but that 1-2 punch would have been one of the best - not like Scherzer and deGrom - but would have been the best in the American League.”

Castillo was matched pitch for pitch by Gerrit Cole on Tuesday, as the Yankee ace threw seven shutout innings, and Gio said the battle of aces was a painful reminder that the Yankees could have both in their rotation had they been more aggressive in their pursuit of Castillo.

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