The Astros’ starting pitching has gotten better, even with Lucas Harrell’s struggles. Guys like Bud Norris and Jordan Lyles have really held opponents in check. Erik Bedard will be starting for Houston tonight, and he has certainly had his first-inning struggles, as he couldn’t even make it out of the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics.
Tonight, Bedard can’t afford to dig a deep hole for the Astros to climb out of. The Rockies pitchers have been extremely tough the past two games in Minute Maid Park, and I’m afraid it will continue. While the Astros have had some hot bats, they’re going to really have to rely on Bedard to give them some innings — hopefully at least a quality start.
If Bedard has a rough outing, and I’m afraid he will, this quick two-game series will be an extremely rough one. The Astros split the two at home because their starting pitchers, and they’re going to need some more good starts to have a chance in this series. Relying on Bedard isn’t the best choice the Astros have, but it is one of their only choices.
The Astros have recalled Brad Peacock from Triple-A Oklahoma City just in case. Peacock hasn’t been exactly reliable as a major leaguer this season either, but they don’t really have a choice.
As long as Bedard can work his way out of trouble — because there will be trouble — he will be fine. That is exactly what he did in his last start.