Houston Astros pitcher Jose Urquidy put on an incredible performance in the pinch. He should not be sent down until a trade is made. Why? Let’s talk a bit.
The Houston Astros are now 10-4 since the All-Star Break and it’s apparent that this train is going to be difficult to stop as they finish up the second half of the season. Although there are some improvements on the pitching front that will be made via trade, this team has found a way to stay competitive, win games and relatively not miss a beat out there.
At one point, George Springer, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz were out of the lineup which took away a lot of powerful bats as well as defenders away from the diamond. But because of the depth of this team, there were little issues in trying to attempt to keep some sort of continuity while these guys have healed.
Springer and Altuve have been back for a few weeks while Correa and Diaz’s return is definitely on the horizon and could be as early as later this week. That’s certainly something we’ll have to monitor but there’s no question that this is good news for the Houston Astros‘ lineup.
Unfortunately, with the team returning to full health, Tyler White became a casualty with the latest news of him being designated for assignment. He’ll latch onto another major league team and I highly doubt that his professional baseball career is up in the air.
But while that’s going on, with Brad Peacock‘s latest shoulder ailment, the team is in a bit of pitching crunch at the bottom-end of the rotation.
Last Monday and Tuesday, they patched up the holes in the lineup with relievers and although the team dropped both games to the Los Angeles Angels with a 9-6 and 7-2 score respectively, they were able to get through it and remain competitive.
It didn’t help that Framber Valdez gave up four earned runs Monday and Hector Rondon — in his first career MLB start — gave up SIX in Tuesday’s tilt but both were likely a bit out of their comfort zone, being put into a high-pressure situation.
Most will say that they’re working professionals and should treat each situation as such but the human element always comes to play with this. They were asked to do something out of the ordinary against a team that is quite talented but just doesn’t have enough goods to get over the hump.
On a more positive note, what a game Jose Urquidy pitched last night. He was sensational — he
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struck out nine batters, allowed just two hits and one earned run — a homer by Shin-Soo Choo at the top of the 4th — through 7.0 innings of greatness.
For that performance, he won’t be sent down anytime soon or at least until a trade is made for a veteran pitcher.
Urquidy, who last pitched back July 7 against the Angels before getting sent back down had allowed five earned runs and eight hits in just 2.1 innings of action. He can now put that outing behind him as he pitched a gem and I hope to see more from him.
He has been in the Houston Astros organization since 2015 when he was signed as an amateur free agent. He has risen through the ranks of the farm system and now he’s getting his shot. It’s great to see that he’s making the best of it.
Can they sweep? Let’s be on the lookout!