I know I won't be honoring him this week because of the start against KC, but Dallas Keuchel's performance of 13 Ks in seven innings deserves some respect. Now, on to the honorees:
I think this is the first time we've had a pitcher both start and relieve within the time alotted. Whatever the case, VV definitely pitched well enough in both to secure the award. He earned his first-ever win with seven strikeouts and three runs allowed in six innings. Then, flashing high-nineties heat, he struck out two in one inning in his first major-league relief experience. With the Astros seemingly set on acquiring another starter (Tyson Ross, anyone?), the bullpen should be Velasquez's main role over rest of the season with a possible spot start or two. Something else encouraging: With his FIP at 3.09, if VV qualified, then he would rank above pitchers like Shelby Miller, Madison Bumgarner, and Johnny Cueto.
McHugh has had a pair of very solid starts since the break, and he earned the win in both of them. He somehow scattered eleven hits over six innings and only allowed one run (my heart is still racing from that game) and allowed two runs in seven innings against Boston. He struck out four in both games and walked one man in the Boston game. His ERA has been steadily dropping from the 5.08 peak it reached after the Seattle debacle back in June and is now a more-palatable 4.25, and it should drop some more, seeing as how FIP, xFIP and SIERA all have him between 3.81-3.87. If it comes down to the playoffs and the Astros have indeed acquired a new pitcher, I'm not sure I'd want to exclude McHugh from a four-man rotation.