A day after the Houston Astros were nearly perfected by Texas Rangers‘ pitcher Yu Darvish, Mr. Perfect, Philip Humber, takes the mound for the Astros. Humber was made famous because of his illustrious perfect game.
As Humber takes the mound for his first start as an Astros pitcher, he will be looking to win the first series of the season for the team. Humber is a Houston man born and raised, and will likely have friends and family in the park as he takes the ball for the Astros.
Both of the pitchers have something to prove today. For Humber, it is about his fresh start with a new team after a season in which he was perfect one day, and not so perfect many days. For the Rangers’ Alexi Ogando, it is about proving his worth in the starting rotation one year after being in the bullpen for a full season.
In 2011 as a starter, Ogando made the All Star team with a 13-8 record and a 3.64 ERA, but when he posted a 5.06 ERA in his final 16 starts, he was pushed back into a relievers role. This season, he is out to prove his worth with the Rangers.
Humber was impressive this spring, posting a 1.73 ERA during his time in camp. Only time will tell if he can translate those performances over to the games that matter.
The Astros starters have kept the team in the first two games, and I have no doubt that Humber will be able to do the same. Looking at the series before it started, today’s game looked to be the easiest game of the entire series, but so far that was Opening Night.
I still believe this game looks to be the “easiest” as far as pitching match ups go. If Humber can keep the Astros in this game, they can win this game, and win the opening series.