Osuna struck out one over a scoreless inning during Wednesday's spring game against Washington. Osuna has allowed three unearned runs over three spring appearances and enters 2020 as one of the more secure closers in MLB. The Astros have a strong back end with Ryan Pressly healthy again and ready to serve as the bridge to Osuna.
Osuna signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Osuna nailed down 38 saves in 2019, posting a 2.63 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with a 73:12 K:BB across 65 innings. He'll enter the 2020 campaign with the closer's job well in hand.
Osuna earned the save with a perfect ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS. Osuna needed only eight pitches (six strikes) to retire Gio Urshela, Aaron Hicks and D.J. LeMahieu for his first save of the 2019 postseason. The 24-year-old has made five appearances in these playoffs and has not allowed a baserunner in four of them, logging a 1.69 ERA with six strikeouts and two walks in 5.1 innings. He's a perfect 4-for-4 for his career in postseason save opportunities.
Osuna threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Saturday en route to his 38th save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter. With the save, Osuna moved into sole possession of the AL lead in the category (Aroldis Chapman has 37). He's not going to catch Kirby Yates for the MLB lead, but Osuna has proven to be one of the best closers in the game and there's no reason to think his situation will be any different in 2020.
Osuna picked up the save against the Mariners on Tuesday, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 3-0 victory for the Astros. He struck out one and walked none. The 24-year-old closed out another dominant start by Gerrit Cole with a clean ninth inning, dispatching of the Mariners on 18 pitches to pick up his 37th save of the season. He's blown six saves but Osuna has still been a great fantasy option this season pitching on an excellent Astros team, posting a 2.67 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 72:12 K:BB across 64 innings.
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