Jose Urquidy didn't have the start he wanted on Wednesday. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.
Continuing their recent anguishing stretch of losses the night before, going 2-8 in their last ten games, the Astros tried to salvage a win to end the road trip and come home on a happy note Wednesday afternoon in the snow in Denver. Instead, it would go down as another loss, making them 1-9 over their last ten games and 1-4 on the five-game road trip.
Final Score: Rockies 6, Astros 3
Astros' Record: 7-10, fifth in the AL West
Winning Pitcher: Austin Gomber (1-2)
Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-2)
Urquidy gives up four over five
Clearly unable to muster his best performance in the extreme conditions, Jose Urquidy did not have the greatest overall start on Wednesday afternoon. The Rockies were able to knock him around for four runs in the first two innings, two on a two-run double in the first, then a solo home run and RBI-single in the second. He would rebound and finish the next three innings scoreless but was unable to have the success he would have wanted: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 88 P.
Astros end road trip with another loss
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— Houston Astros (@astros) April 21, 2021
He would leave with his team down 4-2 and in line for the loss. Those two runs came on one swing of Yuli Gurriel's bat, who had just one of Houston's two hits over those first five innings, getting a two-run homer in the top of the second, which at the time tied the game before Colorado would jump back in front. Brandon Bielak took over on the mound in the bottom of the sixth, but he too would struggle, allowing two runs on four hits to increase the deficit to 6-2.
Bielak returned for a quick, scoreless seventh; then Peter Solomon made the second appearance of his career in the bottom of the eighth. He worked around a two-out single to send the 6-2 game to the ninth, where the Astros would get one run, but not enough to mount a rally to end their disappointing stretch of games.
Up Next: With this road trip over, Houston will return home for eight games, two four-game sets against division opponents. It will kick off Thursday at 7:10 PM Central with the first of four against the Angels, with Cristian Javier (1-0, 2.08 ERA) returning to fill in as the fifth arm in the rotation, going against Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.63 ERA) for Los Angeles.
The Houston Texans needed a huge performance from Nico Collins on Sunday after Tank Dell went down with a season-ending injury, and boy did they get it.
Collins finished the day with just under 200 receiving yards, and helped the team secure a huge victory, pushing the team's record to 7-5.
There's been a lot of discussion about whether Collins is a true No. 1 receiver in the NFL, and his numbers indicate he is. Nico is 9th in receiving yards in the NFL (991) with 6 TDs in 11 games.
Certainly, health will be a big factor in determining just how high his upside is. He only played in 10 games in 2022, and this is his first season with over 500 yards.
Outside of health, how Collins responds to all the extra attention he is about to receive due to the loss of Tank Dell, will tell us a lot about if he can perform like a true No. 1 receiver.
2024 will be the final year of Nico's contract and he'll be looking for a big pay day if he can continue this production. Which makes us wonder, should the Texans pay him like a Top 10 receiver if he continues to put up these numbers?
Plus, the big concern with Tank Dell has always been his size, and if he can hold up in the NFL. Now that he's injured for the second time, and out for the season with his latest injury, should the Texans consider adding another receiver in the draft or free agency?
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