SoCal star Gerrit Cole of the Houston Astros (4-1, 1.43 ERA) returns home to face Jaime Barria of the Los Angeles Angels (3-1, 2.45 ERA). Cole is second in the league in ERA and is second in strikeouts to Max Scherzer in one less start. He surrenders an average of 0.74 baserunners per inning. He averages averaging 95.82 MPH on his fastball. He is off to one of the truly remarkable starts for a pitcher in history.
Barria sports a WHIP of 1.20 and fastball velocity of 91.49. In his last game he went 5 innings in Colorado without surrendering a run.
The question everyone asking is: will the Astros get their clutch back? It has been feast or famine all year for the Astros, either winning by wide margins or losing close games in which the offense has scored only 0 or 1 runs, like last night.
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