Henry Sosa, who came to the Astros last year in the Jeff Keppinger Salary dump – saved that all important 1.1 million. He started 10 games, 5 QS, for the Astros last year, who won 3 of the starts. He lost 2 of the QS, and lasted 6 innings in 8 of the 10 games. He did end up with a 5.23 ERA which last year translated to a 74 OPS+ which ended up being better that J Happ’s 72. Although Happ did throw 152 innings and Sosa 53.1.
This year, in case all yall curious, Happ has worked his way up to a 72 OPS+ after the 6 shutout innings.
Jason Stoffel, the AA righty reliever we also got from San Fran, did terrible last year after the trade, but he’s lookin really good at Corpus this year – 14 games, 17 IP, 1.59 ERA: 3 ER, 10 H, 5 BB, 17 K. He, Kevin Chapman and Wes Musick (an actual Astro draftee) are the only pitchers on the team who don’t stink. All 5 starters are being SLAMMED – Ross Seaton has a deceptively low ERA because 7 of his 22 runs allowed are unearned. Oh yeah – Jared Cosart is pitching well – forgot he only got called up to AAA for 1 start – now that Sosa is gone, maybe he’ll get called up for real.
At AAA, Dallas Keuchel and Jordan Lyles are still pitching well and Aneury just threw 5.2 innings of 2 run ball, so his ERA is now under 5. Jose Valdez, who is closing, looks pretty good with a 2.7 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
So, all in all, Happ better start pitching a little better.
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