Astros Seek To Fill The Gap Left By Cole In The Rotation

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, USA (AP) – While the Houston Astros make up their starting rotation for this season, they face a dilemma the size of Texas: filling the gap left by Gerrit Cole, who signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees. manager Dusty Baker looks for someone to show his face and help make up for the loss. Most likely, no player will be able to replace Cole. Thus, Baker will need several pitchers to move on. “It is not easy to replace his job quality or amount of innings,” Baker said. “So we are looking for someone or several to replace it.” Justin Verlander and Cole meant a powerful 1-2 combination in the front of the Houston rotation last season, to help the Astros get the American League title . Cole led the Young Circuit with a 2.50 ERA, a personal brand, and was second in the majors with 20 wins, behind Verlander. It was second, behind Verlander, in the voting for the Cy Young Award, before signing a contract for 324 million dollars with the Yankees. Zack Greinke, acquired last year, will take second place in the rotation. The 36-year law is prepared on its own and has not been presented in the training camp, although it is expected to do so on Saturday. Behind Verlander and Greinke the situation is much more uncertain. There are six pitchers who aim for three available positions in the rotation. Lance McCullers should lead the contingent in his comeback after being absent the entire previous season from Tommy John surgery. Member of the All-Star Game in 2017, the 26-year-old had a 10-6 mark with 3.86 of effectiveness during 25 appearances in 2018. Verlander believes that McCullers’ return will be very useful in helping to cope with the loss of Cole. “Never It’s easy when you lose one of baseball’s best pitchers, but I think we have the talent, ”said Verlander. “We’re going to have Lance back and like everyone forgot that Lance went to the All-Star Game and was one of the best before getting injured.” Veteran Brad Peacock, who is also in the competition for a place in the rotation, He has alternated between rotation and bullpen in his seven seasons in Houston. The Mexican José Urquidy also returned with the Astros after a 2-1 record with 3.95 of effectiveness in nine appearances during his rookie campaign. Another return that could compete for openings is that of Josh James, a straight line specialist and who had 5-1 record with 4.70 of clean runs in 49 appearances, only one start, in his first full season in the majors.