Urquidy seems to be settling in as a league-average pitcher after being hyped as more early in career, but he's currently enjoying his best stretch of the season with three straight quality starts. The Royals always make for a decent matchup.
Urquidy (7-3) earned the win over the Angels on Saturday, pitching six innings and allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out eight batters. Aside from a Taylor Ward solo home run in the third inning, Los Angeles was unable to put any runs on the board against the Houston hurler. Urquidy walked three but also racked up 17 swinging strikes and posted eight punchouts -- his most since May 22. The fourth-year pitcher has given up exactly one run in each of his past three contests, lowering his ERA to 4.15 on the campaign.
Urquidy allowed a run on a hit and three walks while striking out three in seven innings during Sunday's loss to the Yankees. He didn't factor into the decision. Urquidy carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Sunday but was forced to settle for a no-decision after the Astros' bullpen gave up the team's lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. While the right-hander's strikeout total remained limited, he finished with his fourth quality start over his last five outings. Over those five starts, Urquidy has posted a 3.68 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 29.1 innings. He tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Angels on Saturday.
Urquidy (6-3) earned the win Tuesday over the Mets. He allowed a run on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings. Urquidy didn't allow a run until the sixth inning, which came via a Pete Alonso solo home run. This was Urquidy's fourth quality start in his last six outings. He's still giving up a homer per start, having now allowed 13 long balls across 67.1 innings this season. The right-hander has a 4.68 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 52:13 K:BB in 13 starts, and he lines up for a tough road start versus the Yankees this weekend.
Urquidy gave up three earned runs on five hits and no walks with four strikeouts in a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. He did not factor into the decision. Urquidy pitched his first road quality start of the year in Arlington on Tuesday. However, his 6.34 xERA on the season doesn't offer much hope that his ratios will drop down to anywhere near where they were last year, when he posted a 3.62 ERA in 107 innings. Urquidy is in line for two challenging starts next week against the formidable Mets and Yankees offenses.
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