Cristian Javier – 4-1, 3.55 ERA
I’m a big Cristian Javier fan, but not a fan of the way the Astros use him. Perhaps that changes this season, Javier becomes a full time starter and shines, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen at the start of the season.
Javier was 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 9 starts, allowing 5.36 hits and 3.88 walks per nine innings pitched. As a reliever, Javier was 1-0 with 3.93 ERA, 6.49 hits and 5.47 walks per nine innings.
Finally, Javier’s xERA from 2021 was almost a run higher than his actual, suggesting regression is a possibility in the coming season.