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Crazy Stat Reveals How Ridiculous Astros Pitching Has Been

Tyler Maher
The Houston Astros' pitching has been lights-out in the playoffs.
The Houston Astros' pitching has been lights-out in the playoffs. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Wire-to-wire, the Houston Astros have been the best team in baseball this year. After pacing the American League with 106 wins during the regular season, they've gone a perfect 7-0 in the postseason thus far.

While the Astros' hitters have played a big role in their success, their pitchers have been downright dominant. After leading the AL with a 2.90 ERA during the regular season, they've taken their game to another level in the playoffs.

As a group, Houston's pitching staff has essentially performed like Pedro Martinez circa 2000, which is widely regarded as one of the best pitching seasons ever. Martinez won his second straight Cy Young award that year and third in four seasons, cementing his Hall-of-Fame legacy as one of the greatest hurlers in baseball history.

While the Astros don't have prime Martinez on their roster, they do have the likely AL Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Their starting rotation beyond him includes Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier and Lance McCullers Jr., all of whom finished 2022 with an ERA under 3.00.

Houston's bullpen is equally devastating. Multiple relievers posted ERA's below 2.00, while nobody with more than 10 innings had an ERA higher than 4.00. With so much depth and high-end talent, the Astros' pitching staff is effectively a buzz saw.

The endless supply of quality arms on Houston's staff is a major reason why the Astros are favored to win the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies. Houston currently has -190 odds to win it all on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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