Astros Rotation Evaluation after First Series
Jose Urquidy – Game Score 57 | Strike % 68.1 | Pitches Per Out 4.8
Urquidy was in command giving up four hits, one being a bomb from former Astro Jack Mayfield in the second inning, but walking no one and throwing the highest percentage of strikes of the first four starters.
Over his 182.2 career innings Urquidy has only walked 1.7 batters per nine innings so the control and strike throwing shouldn’t be a surprise.
Urquidy was also the second most efficient of the four, behind Valdez, with it taking an average of 4.8 pitches to record an out. The strikeout total of two means a lower game score, which is just one measure of how well the starter pitched.
In Urquidy’s case, the eyeball test tells you he kept the 18 Angels he faced at bay long enough for the offense to score a couple of runs and turn it over to the bullpen.