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I'm not sure I saw a called strike on anything other than a fastball from him last night. His command on his curve and slider are way off.

 

And the velocity is still perplexing to me. I think he's intentionally throwing softer most of the time because he was hitting 97 when he needed it.

 

I feel like I've been harping on the velocity for a while now. It's not that 94-95 stinks, it's just that most of us thought he was going to be more like Severino with the fastball.

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Watched all of last night's game. Felt like he got squeezed a few times from the HP Umpire. Left a hanger belt high to Maikel Franco but I can live with last night's outing every time out. Was obviously a plus matchup but felt like the stuff looked like it did in April.

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5 hours ago, bradwatson said:

Great line last night. Anyone watch that can tell us how he looked?

 

I watched, but not sure if I can add much to the line.   He definitely had his swing and miss stuff, and looked confident.   Every now and then he would make a mistake and give up a hit, but the control was definitely there.  I'm happy.

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1 minute ago, Stutin said:

@HOU tomorrow. Start or sit?

I will start him since yolo and no Correa will help

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He's been looking like his early-season self lately, although it has been pretty easy matchups.  I ate s---y starts from McCullers and Godley this week, so I'm down in ERA, WHIP, Ws, and IP. So I'm leaning toward starting him, especially since Correa is out like @Dr. Whom said. But I'm still winning my matchup overall (h2h league), so part of me is thinking punt those cats. 

 

I drafted K-Pax with the idea that he'd be a plug and play, so I think I have to do it. Let's hope for a good start.

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Other than his 4 starts after his injury hiatus, he has been an ace.  Plus he has shut down the Astros twice already this year.  There is certainly a chance the great Astros offense gets to him but I think he is an automatic start against anyone.

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Seems like sending him back out for the seventh worked out just fine. Paxton has owned the Astros this season, but even if he hadn't, he should be a set-and-forget option as long as he is healthy. 

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I'm so glad that he is seemingly healthy and pitching well.  As the season winds down would it be prudent to sell high now or hold?   My concerns are his health and possibility of being shut down early in September.  

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