Houston Astros Name Osuna Closer for Remainder of Season
The Houston Astros have had a pretty complete team for most of the past two seasons and especially adding Gerrit Cole during the off-season you thought this team was incredibly solid. The one place you thought the team needed to improve was at the back end of the bullpen, Ken Giles just wasn't cutting it.
So, the team went out and acquired a guy from the Toronto Blue Jays who was serving a 75 game suspension for a domestic violence situation in Roberto Osuna. He had been a solid closer for the Jays during his tenure and Tuesday Manager A.J. Hinch officially named the young right-hander his teams closer for the remainder of the season. Hinch spoke on the matter during a radio interview on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio:
"I wanted Hector to know that I'm gonna start to use more in the seventh and eighth, which means that Osuna's going to get the majority of save opportunities. But I need to use him in creative ways, too, I think you'll see that happen where Rondon gets some right matchups in the seventh and eighth and [Ryan] Pressly will be somewhere in there and [Collin] McHugh will be somewhere in there and Osuna will close the door, which is how this bullpen's built."
Osuna has been pretty good in his short time with Houston so far, he's pitched five innings, sports a 1.81 ERA, and a 1-1 record but has yet to notch a save.