clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Collin McHugh vs. Colby Rasmus

New, 6 comments

In the fifth match-up of round one, the shocking breakout pitcher does battle against the Astros' new center fielder.

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Get those votes in while you can!

Round One, Match Five

Collin McHugh, RHP

Not since Hunter Pence's hot first season have the Astros had such a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate. McHugh absolutely came out of nowhere and made the Astros coaches and brass look very, very smart, posting a 2.73 ERA and a 3.83 K/BB ratio in 154.2 innings of work. Brent Strom's pitch tunneling focus seemed to do the trick, and all signs point to McHugh being at least a solid #3 starter going forward. With almost all of his club control remaining, the Astros appear to have scored one of the biggest waiver coups in recent history. -- Brian Stevenson

VS.

Colby Rasmus, OF

With Dexter Fowler being dealt to Chicago, there was a sudden, unexpected vacancy in the outfield. Cue the arrival of former Cardinal and Luhnow-draftee Colby Rasmus. After spending his entire career with two-thirds of baseball's bird teams, Rasmus has proven himself a valuable defender with real 20+ home run ability. Though his strike out rate has trended the wrong way in recent seasons, his power hasn't diminished in the least, and he figures to provide similar overall value to what Fowler did last year, though it's unclear which outfield spot will be his to man. -- Brian Stevenson