"Obviously one of the things that we’ve liked during the competition this spring is we liked our depth," manager A.J. Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. "There are other guys behind them as well. I think the continual pressure on these guys to pitch well and do well is going to be there with guys like
“At this point, we’re looking at the competition for the fifth starter, (Straily) was behind a couple other guys,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. “Did a nice job yesterday. It’s always tough to send a guy out after he pitched well, but we looked at the set of circumstances that would lead to him being that fifth starter, and we really feel like he’s a starter, so we would want him to go to Triple-A and be prepared. What we told him was the truth: we typically need eight-plus starters during the season, and he’s on that list and he’ll probably pitch in Houston this year.”
"Roberto continues to be the veteran that he is," Hinch said. "He knows what his strengths and weaknesses are; he dials it up when he needs to. He's very trustworthy when it comes to what you're going to get with him."
Hernandez allowed one run on three hits in four innings of work on 49 pitches. Straily also allowed just one run, giving up two hits with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
"Straily, I thought, threw the ball pretty well, and the ball was coming out of his hands a little bit better than his last outing against Pittsburgh. He continues to utilize all his pitches. He fell behind a couple of those hitters and those are areas where it frustrates him a little bit, but he had outs and had a good inning."
“It’s the sum of the entire spring that we pay attention to, but you always want to leave a good impression in the minds of the decision makers and coaches and your teachers,” Hinch said. “They’re always big. And these guys that are pitching for a spot on the team or playing for a spot on this team as a position player, there’s a little bit of stress and pressure that goes into it. But that’s a good thing.”
Deduno and Wojciechowski will be on the mound Friday against the Nationals. The duo have pitched particularly well this spring, as Deduno has allowed one run in eight innings and Wojciechowski hasn't allowed a run in nine innings.
“It’s a point of emphasis for Sammy to get ahead and utilize all of his weapons,” Hinch said. “For Wojo to get ahead and for him to be able to expand on purpose is a great point of emphasis for him. Wojo’s changeup and Deduno’s fastball are pitches that we’re paying close attention to just because the effectiveness that they have on the hitters."
Straily threw a curve just a little more than 4 percent last season, primarily relying on his slider during his time with the Athletics and Cubs.
This spring, however, he has been working with Astros pitching coach Brent Strom on a new grip that allows him to have better control of the curve, with encouraging results.
"So we're just working on something that comes out and down, something a little more deceiving, something a little more like a fastball," Straily said after pitching Thursday. "I took a step in the right direction today."
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