Roberto Osuna is the Astros closer
It’s Roberto Osuna time in Houston. After a deadline deal that sent Osuna to the Astros in exchange for Ken Giles, David Paulino and Hector Perez, the young righty has been mainly used in a setup capacity. That is set to change.
Manager A.J. Hinch said as much today, anyway, telling MLB Network Radio that Osuna is going to get most of Houston’s save chances going forward.
Hector Rondon, who has performed admirably in the closer role since Ken Giles’ meltdown, has struggled lately. However, he has blown saves in two of his last three appearances, coughing up runs against the Mariners at home on August 12 and against the A’s this past Friday.
Osuna has made five appearances since joining the Astros, allowing one run, striking out three and walking one in five innings of work. Before that he saved nine games for the Blue Jays prior to his domestic violence suspension.
This is the smart move for Houston to make. Get Osuna comfortable in the closer role again in time for the postseason. Rondon will be an above-average setup man for the club.
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