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Astros Open Forum #1. Which Pitchers Should be on the Astros’ Playoff Roster?

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Your chance to be the expert. Tell us what YOU think.

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What is Astros Open Forum?

The level of knowledge among regular contributors to the Crawford Boxes is off the charts. So from time to time, instead of the staff at TCB telling you what we think, we’d rather hear what you think.

Every week we will try to host the Astros Open Forum, a chance for TCBers to share their wisdom on topics of Astros interest. We encourage well reasoned, well researched responses to our inquiries, either in the comments below, or in the Fanposts. We would like to post the best Fanpost responses to the front page.

Today’s topic: Which pitchers should the Astros take into the playoffs.

You can assume any reasonable number you wish, but 12 pitchers is normally carried into the playoffs. To save repetition I think most of us can assume, barring injury or legal problems, that the following pitchers are locks: Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Collin McHugh, Ryan Pressly, Hector Rondon and Roberto Osuna.

That leaves 3 spots for eight possible contenders.

Tony Sipp has been a pleasant surprise this year, but since 8/17 he has a 10.13 ERA and a 6.75 FIP. More concerning is his recent control issues, 6.75 walks/9 during this time.

Perhaps the Impressive rookie, Framber Valdez, is a better LOOGY, or another hot prospect, Cionel Perez.

Joe Smith left a very bad first impression in Houston, with a 9.64 ERA in April. Since then it is 1.44, and 3.18 for the season. Can you leave him off?

There are four other righties: Will Harris, ERA 3.93, Brad Peacock, 3.03 ERA, Chris Devenski, 3.98 ERA, and the young flame thrower Josh James, he of 101 MPH fame.

Peacock has the lowest ERA, but he also has given up 10 home runs in 59 innings and has been inconsistent at times, allowing 2,73 BB/9

Devenski recently allowed 8 earned runs without getting an out, and since returning from the DL has only pitched once, 2 innings allowing 3 hits.

So, tell us your picks, and why.