Time for another round of Pitcher of the Week talk. I'm your host, David Coleman. Let's take a run through the statistics and make some completely arbitrary picks for the best Astros pitchers over the last seven (or eight) days.
Oh, no big deal. Just another six shutout innings for Houston's ace. He struck out a ton with a few more walks than he usually collects. He also picked up the victory, starting this four-game winning streak for these Astros.
There's a reason the Astros picked Gregerson to be the closer. He's certainly lived up to that billing this year.
Over the last week, Gregerson threw four shutout innings, striking out four while walking one and giving up one hit. He recorded two saves in that time, using his fastball/slider combination very effectively.
He joins a litany of relievers who have remade the Houston bullpen this year with Pat Neshek, Chad Qualls, Will Harris and our other honorable mention.
Another reliever makes the list, despite my dislike for the fungible nature of their profession.
That's pretty good
This is cheating, right? I waited to do this until after McHugh pitched again Tuesday. Still, the Doctor has been brilliant. Even though his strikeouts didn't come against the Mariners on Tuesday, he finished the week with a respectable 27.5 percent strikeout rate.
His 2.84 ERA in that time wasn't better than Dallas
As we discussed on the podcast this week, Keuchel will be hurt by not having gaudy strikeout totals by measures like FIP. That's why McHugh has a
Still, McHugh has shown in his starts this season that last year was no fluke. The last out-of-nowhere season for an Astros pitcher unraveled more quickly. Lucas Harrell had a 3.60 in April of 2013 after "breaking out" in 2012, but his
In May, the wheels fell off for Harrell, who had 21 walks in 28 innings and posted a 7.53 ERA.
Paired with Keuchel, McHugh has proven to be an excellent addition to Houston's rotation and deserves a place on this list (after Keuchel won last week).