Good friend of this blog and commenter deluxe, Mr. Bill, recently said “…as goes Jose Altuve, so goes the Astros”. This is often the case over the last few years, but frankly through the first 10 games of the season, perhaps he should have said “…as goes the bullpen, so goes the Astros”.
Through those first 10 games of the season, the starting pitching had been very solid with only Mike Fiers five run hiccup in the 10th game a truly poor outing. The offense had been consistently poor until the last two games of that first decade of outings.
But if you want to get a good idea of the pulse of the team, take a look at how the bullpen has performed through the 6-4 start.
- In the 6 wins, the bullpen has thrown 21.2 IP with a sparkling 1.66 ERA, 3 wins and 2 saves.
- In the 4 losses, the ‘pen has tossed 12 IP and has been lit up for a 9.00 ERA, 2 losses and 1 blown save.
- Brad Peacock is tied for the team lead with 2 wins and a 0.00 ERA in 4 games.
- Chris Devenski has contributed to two wins with two 5 IP outings that saved his fellow relievers arms and sparked the team with his 1.13 ERA.
- Will Harris (0.00 ERA in 4 games) and Michael Feliz (2.08 ERA in 3 games) have been solid contributors.
- Ken Giles has been a schizophrenic reliever in 4 outings, with 2 saves, one loss and one outing that made an easy win difficult and a deserved 9.00 ERA.
- Luke Gregerson has had 5 excellent outings with no runs allowed, but gave up 6 runs in his other game which was a loss and raised his ERA to 10.13.
- Both Jandel Gustave and Tony Sipp have struggled with control issues, but both gave the Astros important support in their recent 10-5 win.
The Astros have gotten more positives than negatives from their bullpen to date and this as much as anything has led to their 6-4 start to the season.
Here at Chipalatta we wish our good friends out there a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend.