It has been exactly one month since the All Star Game, and since returning from Miami, the Houston Astros have looked like an entirely different team. In the 25 games that they have played since then, they have gone a disappointing 11-14.
It feels like just yesterday on the eve of summer, when the Astros were hailed as the best team in baseball. Now they still have a big lead on their division, but the way they’ve played overall for the year, a division title is expected of them.
Since the beginning of June, the Houston Astros have had their eyes set on making a deep October run, and finally winning their first World Series title. Lately however, they have not looked like a team poised for such royalty.
Aside from Jose Altuve, who just had the best month of his career, a lot of Houston’s star players are either hurt, or under performing. Dallas Keuchel has not looked like himself since returning from the disabled list, Lance McCullers was getting roughed up until he landed on the disabled list with fellow All Star Carlos Correa, and George Springer has just returned from disabled list.
The one thing that has remained constant since being asked to step up, relief pitcher turned starter Brad Peacock.
Peacock began the year as a relief pitcher, but was called into the role of starter when Mike Fiers started struggling earlier in the year. Peacock made his first start of the year back on May 22, and remained a starter until Keuchel returned from the disabled list.
In that time span, Peacock went 9-1 with 35.1innings pitched with only 18 earned runs, 30 walks, 75 strike outs, and an impressive 2.93 ERA. Sadly for him, when Mike Fiers returned from the bullpen, he out performed Peacock, which caused him to go back to the bullpen when Keuchel returned.
However, when McCullers went back on the disabled list, Peacock was back in the rotation. He hasn’t been as dominate since his return, has eight earned runs in his last 12.1 innings, but he still hasn’t recorded a loss since June 9.
Winning is something that Peacock has done all year. His only loss on the year was the one back in June, other than that he has been as reliable as you could ask for someone who has basically been a place holder all year.
As a starter this year, he is 10-1 with 67.2 innings pitched, allowing 26 earned runs, 33 walks, and 86 punch outs. All this brings his ERA, as a starter, to 3.48.
Now I’m not saying Peacock is an ace pitcher of the rotation right now. He is doing well, but not that good. The big thing about him is that he has been consistent. He may not be as a lights out as some of the other pitchers on the team. He may not even have the best numbers on the team, but when your team is struggling, the only statistic that matters is wins.
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