Houston Astros' Brett Oberholtzer Brilliant Again, But Dealt Bitter Loss

By Josh Sippie
Kyle Terada – USA TODAY Sports

Not enough can be said about what Brett Oberholtzer has done since being made a starter for the Houston Astros. After a very lackluster bullpen term and several call-ups and send downs, Oberholtzer vaulted into the starting rotation and has been the most consistent starter wearing an Astros uniform ever since.

With a WHIP under 1.00, an ERA under 2.00, and averaging around 1.53 walks per nine, he has been one of the best starters in the entire MLB, and in one of the toughest divisions in the league as well.

As previously said on numerous occasions, consistency has not been a strong point of the hapless Astros. But if the Houston Astros were forced to pick the most consistent aspect of their current team, it would have to be Oberholtzer.

Whenever he takes the mound, it is all but a given what he is going to do: at least six innings, under three runs, and under two walks. It’s like clockwork, and, barring the occasional hiccup, he delivers consistently every time.

Oberholtzer had his worst outing against the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 26, where he went 5.1 innings and gave up four runs. He answered spectacularly with his next start against the Seattle Mariners, dealing a complete game shut out.

The same was the case in his most recent start against the Oakland Athletics. Oberholtzer went 6.0 innings of one run ball. He had one slip-up on a solo shot to Yoenis Cespedes. Unfortunately for Oberholtzer, he was still on the hook for the loss when he left the game. In typical Astros fashion, he indeed had the misfortune of collecting the loss, as the offense was unable to back him in a 2-1 loss.

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