The 5 best Astros starts from April

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Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Jake Odorizzi – Game Score: 69 | IP: 6.0 | H: 4 | R: 1 | K: 4 | BB: 1

After losing the first game in Arlington and dropping to 7-9 on the season the Astros could have easily gone south with Odorizzi on the mound based on his prior starts which included game scores of 44, 29 and 28.  He had been bad.

Many Astros fans believe if they can just get 5 competent innings from Odorizzi the Astros will be fine and Odorizzi was more than up to the task on this day. Not overpowering, but more importantly not wild and far and away his most efficient outing of the season as Odorizzi averaged 4.3 pitches per out.

Odorizzi threw first pitch strikes to 12 of the 20 batters he faced, got 14 called strikes and 10 fly balls in his best outing of the season. This is the Odorizzi Houston needs every fifth or sixth day.