Houston Astros' Starting Pitching Becoming A Formidable Force

By Josh Sippie
Thomas Campbell - USA TODAY Sports
Thomas Campbell – USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros‘ starting rotation has been shuffled around more than any other team in the past couple years, but this year has been a different story. Since moving Lucas Harrell and  Brett Oberholtzer, the current starting five of the Astros has been unbelievably consistent despite a shaky bullpen.

Scott Feldman, Jarred Cosart, Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Brad Peacock are holding down the rotation, and they’ve been doing a splendid job of it. Feldman and Cosart were expected to do their part in delivering consistent starts, but it’s been Keuchel and McHugh who have really stepped forward as potential pieces of the future.

McHugh started brilliantly, and while he’s faded a bit of late, he’s still 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA. Keuchel, however, is a whole different story. He’s been phenomenal, going 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA and the best GO/FO ratio in the major leagues. Peacock has been inconsistent throughout the year, but he’s gone at least six innings in each of his last four games, including an 11-strikeout performance.

Meanwhile, four of Cosart’s last five starts have been quality starts. His 3-3 record with a 4.41 ERA is deceptive because of his 0.1 inning shellacking earlier in the season. Feldman’s successes are well-documented. At 2-1 with a2.62 ERA, he’s been everything and more as an anchor this young rotation in Houston.

The Astros’ rotation is progressing magnificently, and with guys like Mike Foltynewicz waiting in the wings for their shot at the big show, it’s only going to get better.

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