On Monday, pitchers Brad Peacock and Alex White were told they would be on the Houston Astros‘ Opening Night roster. One will be the fourth starter in the rotation, and one will be a long relief pitcher. Monday, Alex White took the mound and gave up four runs in five innings.
The runs aren’t a big deal, but one thing that is a big deal is how he finished. White was moving along just fine until the fifth inning, when he gave up two runs that moved his total to four on the game.
Brad Peacock took the mound for the Astros, and he pitched really well on Tuesday against the New York Yankees. He held the Yankees to just one run on two hits in his five innings of work. He had the ball moving nicely with his knuckle-curve, and he really took the upper hand in the competition for the fourth starter’s job.
Last season in Triple-A, Peacock struggled for the first time in his career, and with his move to the Astros, he is looking to forget about those said struggles.
In his last sixteen innings, he has only allowed two earned runs. After his outing Tuesday, Houston Astros manager Bo Porter was really encouraged with his start, but that he is in no hurry to name the fourth starter.
It is no surprise who has had the better spring when it comes to stats, but spring stats can’t be taken to heart. The Astros still have a lot of tough decisions to make as the last week of Spring Training is in full swing, and this is just one of those tough moves the Astros will need to make.
Based on everything I have seen this spring, Brad Peacock has earned his rotation spot.