Urquidy has been named the starter for Game 4 of the World Series against Washington on Saturday, Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Urquidy will have a shot at helping his team get back to even in the series after the Astros defeated the Nationals 4-1 in Game 3 on Friday. He's made two appearances in the postseason, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while fanning eight over 4.1 innings.
Urquidy is in line to open Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Skipper AJ Hinch didn't name an opener for Saturday's matchup, though he did note that it would be a bullpen day. According to Nightengale, it would be a shock if Urquidy didn't begin the matchup on the hill.
Urquidy won't start or serve as the Astros' primary pitcher Wednesday after Game 4 of the ALCS matchup with the Yankees was postponed due to inclement weather, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Both teams were expected to break in a fourth starter/primary pitcher for the first time in the series, but the postponement will allow the two sides to go back to their Game 1 starters -- Zack Greinke and Masahiro Tanaka -- on normal rest Thursday. Urquidy could still end up being summoned in long relief in Game 4 in the event Greinke isn't pitching up to his usual standard.
Urquidy is expected to pitch in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Astros have yet to reveal a starting pitcher for Game 4, but the 24-year-old is in the mix to start. "Maybe Urquidy starts, maybe Urquidy comes in the middle of the game and we start someone with more experience," stated manager AJ Hinch. A better idea of Houston's pitching plan will emerge closer to first pitch.
Urquidy is on Houston's ALDS roster.
Urquidy opened the year in Double-A but will end it on a playoff roster for the top seed in the American League, an honor he deserves after posting a solid 3.95 ERA in 41 innings in his big-league debut. He's a candidate to start Game 4 against the Rays on Tuesday, should the series go to a fourth game.
Urquidy (2-1) struck out two over six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk in a 4-0 win over the Angels.
Urquidy has only allowed three runs over his last 18 innings. The 24-year-old will likely end the regular season with a 3.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 40:7 K:BB in 41 innings across nine appearances (seven starts).
Urquidy will start Friday's game at the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Urquidy was originally projected to serve as a primary pitcher Friday but will instead draw a traditional start. Given the recent struggles of Wade Miley, the team is likely trying to sort out its playoff roster prior to the end of the regular season.
Urquidy, who struck out 10 batters in five innings Wednesday, will not be available to pitch again until next Tuesday, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Urquidy was spectacular in a spot start, but the Astros are cognizant of his innings count. After undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2017, Urquidy has already compiled a career-high 135 innings in 2019.
Urquidy allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out 10 over five innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Wednesday.
Urquidy was spectacular in a spot start, dazzling the A's and leaving with his team ahead, 2-1, but manager AJ Hinch was reticent to leave him in the game, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Prior to Wednesday's start, Urquidy had already accumulated a career-high 130 innings, so Hinch went to the bullpen, which gave up the lead and Urquidy's chance for a win in the sixth inning. The Astros are currently running a four-man starting staff and do not need a fifth starter until the penultimate game of the regular season (Sept. 28).
Urquidy will start Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Urquidy will make a spot start after the Astros used multiple long relievers in Tuesday's 21-7 loss. The 24-year-old has a 5.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 24:5 K:BB in six major-league outings this season (27 innings). The Astros' schedule would allow them to get by without a fifth starter until Sept. 28, so Urquidy will presumably shift back to the bullpen after Wednesday's outing.
Urquidy was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With Collin McHugh (undisclosed) heading to the injured list in a corresponding move, Urquidy will rejoin the Astros for the stretch run. It remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old will be given a chance to start with the big club down the stretch or if he'll transition to a long-relief role. Urquidy has made five big-league appearances this season (all starts), compiling a 5.87 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 24:4 K:BB across 23 innings.
Urquidy allowed a season-high 11 runs on 14 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings Wednesday in Triple-A Round Rock's 20-12 loss to El Paso.
Making his return to the minors after ceding his spot in the Houston rotation to Aaron Sanchez last week, Urquidy didn't help his case for a quick return to the big club by surrendering six extra-base knocks in the ugly outing. The blowup resulted in his season ERA and WHIP at Triple-A climbing from 4.07 and 1.03 to 5.57 and 1.22, respectively.
Urquidy was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The move isn't very surprising given the Astros recent acquisitions of Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini, who were added to the major-league roster in a corresponding move. In five starts with the big-league club, Urquidy recorded an ERA of 5.87 with a 1.39 WHIP.
Urquidy (1-1) allowed six runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out one over four-plus innings to take the loss against Cleveland on Wednesday.
Urquidy entered the game on a roll but did nothing to baffle the Indians, who put runners on base in all four-plus innings. He was essentially reduced to a fastball-only arsenal as just two of his 40 secondary pitches were swung upon and missed. With the Astros' acquisition of Zack Greinke and Aaron Sanchez, Urquidy's rotation status becomes murky. At best, the Astros move Sanchez to the bullpen while Urquidy is the fifth starter. But that may last as long as it takes Brad Peacock (shoulder) to return, although the team could opt to have Peacock pitch in relief. With a couple of off days next week, manager AJ Hinch can put off a final decision on the fifth member of the rotation.
Urquidy allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.
Urquidy deserved better. The Astros held a one-run lead when he turned the ball over to the reliable bullpen, but Will Harris gave up a Matt Wieters home run, taking a potential win from Urquidy. The rookie right-hander recorded a second straight quality start and will seek a third next Wednesday in Cleveland.
Urquidy is scheduled to start Friday against the Cardinals, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Rogelio Armenteros was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday, leaving Urquidy to stick in the rotation for at least one more turn through. The 24-year-old Urquidy certainly earned himself another start with the big-league club after dominating the Rangers his last time out, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out nine over seven innings.
Urquidy (1-0) picked up the win in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Rangers, giving up one run on two hits over seven innings while striking out nine.
After two fairly rough appearances to begin his big-league career, Urquidy was dazzling in this one, with only Shin-Soo Choo's solo shot in the fourth inning accounting for any damage against the rookie. The outing was likely enough to earn him at least one more turn through the rotation, which would come next weekend in St. Louis if Urquidy does stick around.
The Astros recalled Urquidy from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of his scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Houston made Urquidy's callup official following Friday's 4-3 win over the Rangers, designating utility man Tyler White for assignment in a corresponding move. Urquidy has supplied an impressive 109:16 K:BB across 81.2 innings between Triple-A and Double-A Corpus Christi this season but flopped in his prior two outings at the big-league level, giving up seven runs on 14 hits and a walk over six frames.
Urquidy was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Urquidy struggled in two shorts starts in his first taste of big-league action, allowing seven runs on 14 hits in just six innings of work, though his 8:1 K:BB does at least provide some cause for optimism. The Astros will need a starter for Thursday's game against the Rangers, with Framber Valdez looking likely to get the call.
Urquidy allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out four over 2.1 innings Sunday in Houston's win over the Angels. He did not factor into the decision.
Fortunately for Urquidy, the Astros' offense woke up later in the game to take him off the hook for the loss. All five runs he allowed came in the third inning, including a two-run shot from Shohei Ohtani. After giving up seven runs over six innings in his first two MLB starts, Urquidy's future in the rotation may be murky.
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