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A quick recap of Saturday's Astros game against the Rays:
Final Score: Rays 3, Astros 1
Record: 1-2, third in the AL West.
Winning pitcher: Tyler Glasnow (1-0).
Losing pitcher: Collin McHugh (0-1).
Star of the game: Collin McHugh made it two straight nights where a starter did a great job but didn't have the offense behind them to earn a win. McHugh was only able to go five innings, but his pitches had great movement to them, allowing him to rack up nine strikeouts to go with his two earned runs on just three hits and one walk.
Notes: Alex Bregman put Houston on the board early with a solo home run in the top of the first, giving Collin McHugh a lead to work with when he took the mound for his return to the starting rotation. He looked fantastic through the first four innings, allowing just one baserunner on a walk in the bottom of the fourth, then faltered in the fifth to let the Rays take a 2-1 lead. Will Harris made his 2019 debut with a scoreless sixth, as did Chris Devenski who threw a hitless seventh before returning in the eighth to allow a run on three hits to extend the Rays lead to 3-1. The Astros managed to load the bases with two outs in the eighth, but couldn't convert, and came up empty in the ninth as well. The Astros fall to 1-2 on the season.
Up next: The Astros will wrap up the season-opening series with the Rays tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 PM. We'll get our first look at Wade Miley on the mound for Houston, while Tampa Bay is expected to go to their tactic of having a bullpen day every few days.
With a new season on the horizon, the Astros have high hopes for 2024 after coming just one game shy of being in the World Series for three consecutive seasons.
If Houston wants to get back to the Fall Classic in 2024, they're going to have to rely on their pitching. Owner Jim Crane believes the club has 8 starting pitchers when Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers Jr. return mid-season.
Which allows several of the starters to move to the bullpen and provide even more depth. Add those guys to Bryan Abreu, Ryan Pressly, and Josh Hader and you have a recipe for success.
Check out the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham goes through the entire staff and makes his case for the Astros having the best pitching staff in baseball.
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