Astros schedule 2022 | The Astros’ Terrific Pitching Depth on Display in the Postseason

Astros schedule 2022 | The Astros’ Terrific Pitching Depth on Display in the Postseason

The Houston Astros currently hold an impressive 4-1 series lead against the New York Yankees in the ALCS, and their pitching has played a large role in that success. The Astros’ pitching was an important part of their regular season success as well, helping propel them to the top seed in the American League (even with All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa missing roughly half the year due to injury). The Astros posted the American League’s best ERA and had the best bullpen in the Major Leagues, which helped carry them to the top seed in their division and home field advantage throughout their playoff run so far.

Astros schedule 2022 | The Astros' Terrific Pitching Depth on Display in the Postseason
Astros schedule 2022 | The Astros’ Terrific Pitching Depth on Display in the Postseason

The Astros have one of the strongest rotations in baseball

The full extent of their terrific pitching depth has been on display throughout the postseason, showcasing their biggest strength from the regular season. Led by a pair of aces in Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, Houston posted the American League’s best ERA and had…

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Dallas Keuchel put together an All-Star campaign

Entering September, Keuchel owned a 2.65 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over 18 starts, numbers he continued to build upon for most of the month. In his final two outings before he was named an All-Star, Keuchel had 15 strikeouts against just one walk over 11 combined innings; that’s hard to do…especially when you’re striking out just 14 batters per nine innings over that span.

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Lance McCullers Jr. was spectacular before his injury

Before being sidelined with a forearm injury, Lance McCullers Jr. was right up there with Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel as one of Houston’s top starters during their postseason run. Before hitting an innings limit at around 180-185, McCullers had been pitching well enough to earn himself a spot in next year’s rotation—that is, until he went down after Game 2 of the ALCS against New York.

Charlie Morton gave Houston an ace through two rounds

The righty was arguably Houston’s most reliable starter in 2017, posting a 3.62 ERA and 11.0 K/9, though injuries limited him to just 25 starts. He gave them an ace through two rounds of postseason play by tossing 14 2⁄3 shutout innings against Boston and New York…

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Collin McHugh wasn’t expected to contribute much, but he pitched well after returning from the disabled list

The Astros have used six starters in their postseason run, and all of them except for Lance McCullers Jr. have been spectacular. Collin McHugh, who wasn’t expected to contribute much after returning from injury at mid-season, has particularly turned heads with his performance against Boston. In two starts against Boston, he pitched 11 innings without allowing a run. His team-best 1.32 ERA was good enough to earn him ALCS MVP honors as well.

Brad Peacock will start Game 1 of the ALCS against Boston

Brad Peacock is likely to start Game 1 of a potential ALCS matchup against Boston after he tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his postseason debut on Friday. He also struck out 10, which is tied for fourth-most by an Astro all time.

Mike Fiers also provides quality depth

In addition to McCullers and Cole, who have both enjoyed a lot of postseason success, Houston has relied upon Mike Fiers, Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna. The trio pitched 5.2 innings against Boston during last week’s ALDS, striking out nine while allowing just one run. Relievers Adam Cimber and Hector Rondon also tossed 2.1 scoreless innings against Boston; Cimber struck out four while surrendering no hits or walks.

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Houston will hope Brad Brach can continue his postseason success

The Astros won their second World Series title in franchise history last year thanks to a terrific pitching staff. Brad Peacock, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton, and Justin Verlander carried them throughout October and will return to help lead them back to playoff contention next season…

Ryan Pressly is another young reliever who could get a shot at closing out games during this series

Last year, Pressly converted all 14 of his save opportunities and posted a 2.34 ERA during his time as a set-up man for Pat Neshek. With an inherited-runner percentage of just 7.9 percent and an average fastball velocity of 95.2 mph, he can overpower hitters when he has to and get out of jams when called upon by manager A.J…Title: Can This 23-Year-Old Reliever Help Houston Win Its First World Series?

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