Mar 16, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt (65) throws a pitch during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Bullpen Dominance Has Been Huge For The Houston Astros

The Astros won their 11th game in a row and their 11 road game in a row as well. The best team in baseball sits at 42-16, separating themselves from everyone else. Today the Astros catch another break. This is usually Joe Musgrove’s spot in the rotation, but he still isn’t 100 percent ready to go. So the Astros will throw out David Paulino for his second start and only his 3rd start of his career. But the Royals also are throwing out someone who has only started once this season, that being his only start in his career as well.

Royals Game 2 Starter Jake Junis 

1 start this season came against the Twins:

4.2 IP

5 Hits allowed

2 ER

4 SO

3 BB

92 Pitches

92 Pitches in only 4.2 IP is a lot of pitches. And if you’ve been watching the Astros, you know they love to drive up the pitch count. If Junis isn’t careful, he could be gone real early, which would damage the bullpen.

In Triple A this season:


2.34 ERA

.97 WHIP

Astros Game 2 Starter, David Paulino:

1 start came against the Twins:

4 IP

5 Hits Allowed

2 ER

8 SO

1 BB

89 Pitches Thrown

Paulino and Junis both pitched against the Twins and had similar stats, which is interesting. Paulino is one of the Astros top prospects and I think it’s time for him to take the next step. He has a live arm and has the ability to get strikeouts.

Career in the Minors:


2.35 ERA

1.03 WHIP

Since Paulino hasn’t been stretched out that much, the Astros may have to rely on their bullpen. Here’s how their bullpen ranks:

Bullpen Stats:

SO/9: 11.60 – Ranks 1st in MLB

LOB%: 77.8% – Ranks 5th in MLB

WAR: 3.7 – Ranks 2nd in MLB

Batting Average Against: .208  – Ranks 3rd in MLB

K%: 31.2% – Ranks 1st in MLB

*Stats provided by Fangraphs* 

James Hoyt with 2 outs and RISP Situations:

.100 Batting Average Against

5 SO

0 BB

In High Leverage Situations opponents are 0-7, with 4 SO.

Safe to say that James Hoyt has been a huge addition to the Astros and is one reason why this bullpen is so dominant. He proved it last night in a high leverage situation as well.

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