First, Scott Feldman. Now, Matt Albers. Two of the Astros most productive pitchers are now sidelined by arm troubles. Not good.
Jose Cisnero (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Much like Feldman and Albers this year, Cisnero was a breath of fresh air when he burst onto the big league scene with the Astros last season. But his early success didn’t last. After some midseason struggles Cisnero was sent back to AAA where he continued to misfire.
Jose seems to be back on track in the early stages of 2014. In six appearances covering 11 innings, Cisnero has allowed only five hits and four walks while striking out an impressive 18 batters.
After working primarily as a starter in the minor leagues prior to last season, the Astros now seem set on utilizing Cisnero out of the bullpen. Jose has electric stuff but control seems to be his biggest issue. If he can harness his command, Cisnero could provide a boost to the Astros beleaguered ‘pen. But if he starts walking a lot of batters his stay in the show could be brief. Let’s hope for the former.