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AtxTCV

The Reptile will flourish no matter where he is, starting rotation or bullpen


ricang727

No more AAA , he needs to stay


BillyAstro

He’s not going to Triple A, the fuck


Sacagawesus

My man what??? Literally nobody on planet earth would consider him going to AAA. He's been on our roster since 2020 and will stay there.


arexosaurus

seems like a lot of people are misinterpreting your comment. you’re saying ‘no’ to AAA and needs to stay in the show, right?


jesonnier1

Everyone read that correctly. The confusion comes from the fact that AAA was even mentioned.


ricang727

Correct


willydillydoo

Right but he’s getting downvoted cuz nobody has suggested he is going to AAA


BobWheelerJr

Some guys are geared to be starters. Some are geared to be relievers. A very few can do either and you put them where you need them most. Javier is that rare third kind, and we need him in the pen.


jesonnier1

And he doesn't throw a fit over being put in as a bullpen arm.


willydillydoo

The subtle Odorizzi shade


jesonnier1

Idk what you're talking about....


ATXplayahata

Yep. Him and Luis in pen come postseason. An incredible thing.


TJNuge

Wait Luis Garcia too?


JohnnyBrillcream

In the post season the games are staggered enough that you don't need a 5 man rotation.


HiVLTAGE

If LMJ gets back to form the JV/Framber/LMJ/Urquidy rotation is gonna be soooo nice.


TJNuge

I get that. I thought they just said they were specifically going to a 5-man. And I assumed Garcia would be one of those.


jesonnier1

Doubtful, come playoffs. You want your 1 & 2 to pitch as much as possible.


dookle14

I think the Astros are temporarily putting him in the pen because of how many off days the team has over the next couple of weeks. Aug 29, Sept 1 and 8 are all off days. Doesn’t make sense to have a 6 man rotation with that many off days. Some pitchers might go more than a week without a start in that scenario. At this point, LMJ needs as many starts as he can get to round into form. Having him go a week between starts wouldn’t be ideal to figuring out if he’s really the #3 behind Verlander and Framber. After the 8th, the Astros have a 17 game straight stretch. I bet we see Javier get a couple more starts in that timeframe.


Kdot32

Probably saving some innings in his arm. Don’t think he’s ever pitched this many innings before and want to keep him fresh


dookle14

100%. He’s thrown 112 IP so far. The most he’s thrown in his career is 113 IP in the minors in 2019. So this is likely a chance for him to rest a bit too prior to the postseason.


neildmaster

This sub, once again, proves why they aren't managers...jeez.


Takingbacklives

For real 🙄


Luck_v3

Stfu Dusty


jesonnier1

What am insult. You compared OP to a successful professional sports manager.


Luck_v3

Stfu Tony LaRussa you dumb bitch


neildmaster

He's going to the bullpen and will do great.


conker1264

Should be Garcia, by far our worst starter


PopularConsequence

I agree with that but I feel good knowing that our “worst starter” still has a ton of upside and room to grow!


LLLLLL3GLTE

Would be a 3 starter on 25 MLB Teams


conker1264

And? Just means our rotation is that good


LLLLLL3GLTE

My point exactly


CardiacCat20

Javier has shown to be a weapon out of the pen… and the postseason rotation in all likelihood is JV, Framber, Lance, Urquidy. Garcia probably doesn’t see any postseason starts anyways, so his job this September is simply to eat innings.


sirdadyo

Garcia is a great back end starter. I am not sure he would be bullpen material. I don't know that for fact. I have always thought LMJ would be a lights out reliever.


bombstick

Thought thing about LMJ from the pen is he tends to take a couple batters to find the zone.


willydillydoo

He’s too good of a starter to not be in our playoff rotation


sirdadyo

I agree yet he isn't even stretched out yet.


willydillydoo

We have like 30 games to do that


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We are moving him to the pen because we actually pen help rn


Gus_Frin_g

He was always gonna pitch from the bullpen in October. Now Garcia and LMJ have to battle it out for the last spot.


ricang727

I like this response


carldc3

We haven't had to have a long middle reliever. And I believe he is the best option for that, especially in the playoffs. That being said I think the Astros still have the best rotation in baseball!!


willydillydoo

Idk man. I’d argue that a starting rotation that puts out Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer as one and two has us beat. We’re definitely up there though when looking at both rotation and bullpen.


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willydillydoo

None of those three pitchers have been bad this year


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carldc3

Exactly!! Astros are tops in quality starts, and that keeps the bullpen from getting taxed going into the playoffs


choo_choo_chrayn

How do you put a man with a 2.88 era in the bullpen? What argument does anyone have that’s saying to keep Garcia in the playoff rotation? Makes zero sense.


artificialevil

Garcia would likely be left off the 4 man rotation. Javier would still be in the pen.


daaniels

In other words, Garcia wouldn’t play in the postseason?


artificialevil

Yes


jesonnier1

He'll be rostered as a BP arm as well, I'd think.


Burt-Macklin

Because he has 15 K/9 stuff, which is what you sometimes need from a reliever.


prominx

Good problems to have


txpharmer13

I would like him as a starter and get Garcia to the bullpen.


dookle14

From what I’ve heard, Garcia has quite a lengthy warm up routine prior to his starts. He might not be ideally suited for the pen.


CardiacCat20

If Garcia makes the postseason roster it will be because of injury or as a garbage time inning eater out of the pen.


across7777

But at this point, Garcia will not be a starter in the playoffs. The rotation will be JV, Framber, McCullers and Urquity, with Javier a great flexible bullpen option.


hahahiccups

Dawg


Aphrobang

Fucking stupid to move him to the bullpen. Garcia isn’t going to start in the postseason. So what is his role? We going to put him in the bullpen completely untested? Or are we going to leave him off the roster entirely which seems a waste? Learning whether Garcia can work from the pen is more important than the few games more we might win with Javier to the pen right away. I’d keep Javier in the rotation and shift Garcia to the pen after tonight’s start. See how he does. He is basically competing all September with our other bullpen arms to earn a playoff spot. We already know Javier can slot into the pen and be good. Let Garcia adjust as another pen arm for playoffs now.


favian07

Totally agree. I understand Javier is great in the pen but Garcia looks gassed.


Devistator16

Starter


TheGhostOfSamHouston

I’d vote for him


thegoatishere

Is hot


TankBoys32

Send Garcia to the Pen, let Javier keep dealing


captain_texas-

If Presley isn’t back I think LMJ is built for the closer role. Game 7 WS walk out to wild thing. It would be insane.


willydillydoo

That is such a waste of LMJ…