Astros Rotation Evaluation after First Series

Apr 7, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) throws a pitch in the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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With four game averages, the Astros’ rotation solidified a 59 game score, 64.2 strike percentage and 4.9 pitches per out.

Depending on who you read or listen to, the Houston Astros rotation is either very deep or questionable and I agree that it depends on your point of view. On one hand, they’re deep enough that Cristian Javier can’t sniff the starter’s role, even with Lance McCullers Jr. on the shelf.

On the other hand, the ace is 39-years -old, coming off Tommy John surgery and the younger ace is out indefinitely. Given that divergence of opinion, I’ve decided to dive into the starts a little deeper and track each performance and the performance of the starters as a whole.

Three of the first four starts were above average to really good, with Framber Valdez’s opening day gem standing out as the top performance. From best to least best, here’s a review of the first four starts of 2022.

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