How Houston Astros starting pitching stacks up to Twins in Game 4


How Houston Astros starting pitching stacks up to Twins in Game 4
Jose Urquidy takes the ball for Houston in Game 4 of the ALDS. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

After a 9-1 thumping of the Minnesota Twins, the Astros now lead the ALDS 2-1 with an opportunity to move on to the ALCS with a win on Wednesday night.

The Astros bats were out in full force in Game 3, and the club will be looking for Jose Abreu and Yordan Alvarez to continue mashing balls out of the yard.

Game time: Wednesday 6:07 PM CST

Game 4 probable pitchers: Twins RHP Joe Ryan (11-10, 4.51 ERA) vs. Astros RHP Jose Urquidy (3-3, 5.29 ERA).

Joe Ryan

Ryan is set to make his 30th start of the season.

Ryan pitched at least 5 innings in his last 3 starts.

In his last start, he surrendered 6 earned runs to the Rockies, allowing 3 homers over 5 innings.

The Astros went 7-for-37 with three homers and nine RBI in 10 innings against Ryan this season.

Jose Urquidy

Urquidy is set to make his 11th start of the season.

In his last start, he pitched 6 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks.

Urquidy has pitched in 12 career postseason games, starting 6 of them.

He has a postseason ERA of 3.72.


Jose Urquidy's playoff experience should give manager Dusty Baker a lot of confidence in his starter, and JP France and the rest of the Astros bullpen will be ready to go when called upon.

Houston's high leverage relievers (Ryan Pressly, Bryan Abreu, Hector Neris) should be rested and ready, with only Bryan Abreu pitching in Game 3. He threw 12 pitches on Tuesday.

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Mariners defeat Astros, 6-4. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez hit for the cycle against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, becoming the 10th player in Houston history to accomplish the feat.

Alvarez singled in the first inning, hit his 20th homer of the season off Mariners starter Bryan Woo in the fourth, added a run-scoring triple to center field in the sixth off Taylor Saucedo and completed the cycle with a double down the right field line in the eighth against Gregory Santos.

Alvarez finished 4 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Astros' 6-4 loss to Seattle.

Asked if he'd ever hit for a cycle in his baseball life, Alvarez said, “Not even in Playstation.”

“I’m very excited,” Alvarez said. “I felt a little bit of pressure there, but I knew I needed a double and when I hit the ball I said, ‘There it is.”

The 27-year-old Alvarez had the second cycle in the history of T-Mobile Park, after Miguel Tejada's on September 29, 2001.

The triple, the sixth of Alvarez's career, came on a fly ball to deep center field. Julio Rodríguez jumped for the ball against the wall, but dropped the catch and sprained his right ankle on the play. The ball rolled toward the infield before left fielder Dylan Moore grabbed it as Alvarez hustled into third.

“It was a confusing play,” Alvarez said. "When I hit the ball, I thought it was going to carry a little bit more, and then I saw him jump at the wall and make the catch, and then I saw him hit the wall and the ball drops and he drops. I just knew I needed to continue running there.”

Before Sunday, the most recent cycle by a member of the Astros came on August 28, 2023, by Jose Altuve against Boston.

Luke Raley hit a three-run homer, Bryan Woo pitched 5 2/3 solid innings and the Seattle Mariners overcame an injury to Julio Rodríguez to beat the Houston Astros 6-4 on Sunday.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak and put the Mariners into a tie with Houston for the AL West Division lead.


Astros: RHPs Justin Verlander (neck discomfort) and Luis Garcia (Tommy John surgery) both felt good after throwing bullpens on Saturday, and Espada said the plan is for both to throw again sometime in the next couple of days.


The Mariners traded RHP Mike Baumann to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday for cash considerations.


Astros: RHP Spencer Arrighetti (4-7, 5.63 ERA) will pitch Monday in Houston’s series opener at Oakland.

Mariners: RHP Bryce Miller (7-7, 3.63 ERA) will start Monday against Angels lefty Tyler Anderson. Miller has a 4.46 ERA in his past seven starts, with 10 walks and 27 strikeouts.

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