Justin Verlander threw two shutout innings against the Mets on Monday, continuing the dominance among the potential Astros starting rotation. Collin McHugh, who made his Spring Training debut against the Braves on Saturday, threw two innings and had five strikeouts. Gerrit Cole, the new addition to the Astros starting rotation, made his debut Sunday against the Cardinals, striking out two in two innings of work.
Starting pitching hasn’t been the only bright spot for the Astros. Kyle Tucker, the non-roster invitee that spent last season in Corpus Christi, is 3-7 thus far, with two home runs and five RBIs. J.D. Davis, who showed promise late last season in limited action with the Astros, has also been impressive this Spring Training, going 4-8 with two home runs and four RBIs.
The Astros return to action today as they travel to Port St. Lucie to take on the New York Mets. Brad Peacock will take the mound for Houston as he looks to continue the hot start for the Astros.