Astros starters doing quality work this season

Astros starters doing quality work this season

HOUSTON -- Astros starting pitchers entered Sunday's game with 10 quality starts, which was tied for the second-highest total in the National League. A quality start is defined by the starter going at least six innings and allowing three earned runs or fewer.

J.A. Happ leads the way with three quality starts, Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Wandy Rodriguez (Sunday's starter) had two and Kyle Weiland had one, which came Saturday night in a loss to the Dodgers. Houston starters had a 3.87 ERA in the first 15 games.

"You get into Spring Training and everything is up in the air," Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail said. "Harrell's worked out, and [Weiland], other than making a mistake to [Matt Kemp], has done well. My guys are getting us deep into the game. I've had one starter get through four. Everybody else has gone through five, 5 2/3 or seven innings. I can't complain at all."

Weiland and Rodriguez haven't had much run support, and Brocail stresses to the starters that they can't worry about that.

"I tell them they have to go out and pitch their game," he said. "I know as a pitcher, it's hard not to give up the second run when you have a one-run lead. When you're not scoring, you've got to go out and keep the deficit down. That's what we're working on, and they've been doing a good job."