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Breaking Down Jose Berrios Start in Houston

Hey everyone! As an intrigued owner of Jose Berrios, I decided to watch his 2nd start of the season in Houston and jot down what I saw as the game progressed. Scouting pitching is my favorite part of fantasy baseball and it's even more exciting when you're watching a top prospect trying to find his groove in the big leagues. This is my first time doing something like this so any feedback you have is both welcomed and encouraged. Let's get into it!

1st Inning

Jose Berrios strikes out Colby Rasmus fastball GIF
As most pitchers do, Berrios used the first frame to find his fastball (FB). It's a lively pitch that ranges from 93-96 with tons of 2-seam action that he tends to run high and tight to righties. In this inning however, he did an excellent job of living on the edges of the zone - both at the knees and on the outside black. Apart from a walk to Correa, where it appeared he was pitching around Carlos, and despite only throwing 9 of 18 pitches for strikes, he had a solid inning. In the early going, Berrios was mixing in his changeup (CH), which sits around 85 with good drop, but the Astros hitters weren't chasing it out of the zone. After failing to get Rasmus to chase two straight two-strike CHs in the dirt, Berrios climbed the ladder with a 94 FB and got Colby swinging to end the inning.

Line: 4 batters, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 18 pitches (9 strikes)

2nd Inning

Jose Berrios strikes out Evan Gattis change-up GIF
Jose started the 2nd inning strong, getting ahead in the count 0-2 with FBs to Gattis and eventually getting him to commit for the strikeout on an 85mph CH in the dirt. The first hit Berrios gave up was on his 26th pitch in a 1-1 count to Preston Tucker. It was a nice piece of hitting by Tucker, who kept his hands back on the 85mph CH that was located at the knees, sending it into the right field seats to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. After coughing up the HR, Berrios seemed either rattled or timid to attack the next two batters. He fell behind 3-0 with 3 straight offspeed offerings to Marwin Gonzalez before getting him to groundout for the second out. He then walked Valbuena on 4 straight pitches with another slew of offspeed pitches. It appeared as if Jose was afraid to attack with his FB. The next batter, Jason Castro, laid down a bunt against the shift to the left side. Berrios had a play on it and likely would have had time to throw Castro out at first, but he bobbled the transfer, leaving him with 2 men on with 2 out and Jose Altuve coming up. The young prospect was able to redeem himself quickly, as Altuve hit a soft 'Baltimore Chop' back to the mound, and this time Berrios made the play at first to end the inning.

Line: 6 batters, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 24 pitches (13 strikes)

3rd Inning

Jose Berrios strikes out Colby Rasmus curveball GIF
The third inning was a continuation of Berrios looking somewhat 'off'. Whether he had the Tucker HR in the back of his mind or he simply couldn't locate at this point in the game is anyone's guess. He might have just been hesitant to attack Springer and Correa. Jose started the inning with 2 straight walks after working a full count to Springer and missing inside with his running 2-seamer, and following that up with a walk to Correa on 5 pitches. Berrios was currently sporting an ugly 29 to 24 strike to ball ratio. This prompted a coaching visit to the mound. Whatever pitching coach Brent Strom said to Berrios worked well. He struck out Colby Rasmus for the second time with a curveball (CU) at 82mph high and tight, then got Gattis to ground into an inning ending double play to escape what could have been a disastrous inning.

Line: 4 batters, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (9 strikes)

To read what u/The_Don_Giggity had to say about his final three innings and watch more gifs, head over to Reddit and join the conversation!

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