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Astros’ Cristian Javier achieves insane feat not seen since 1900

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Houston Astros right-hander Cristian Javier is on a serious roll. Javier no-hit the New York Yankees over seven innings, striking out 13 batters while issuing just one walk this past weekend. It was a dominant performance against the best team in baseball in 2022. So, how did Javier follow it up?

With seven innings of one-run ball against the Los Angeles Angels. Javier struck out a career-high 14 batters in the gem, allowing just one hit. The incredible pitching performance saw the Astros hurler achieve something that hasn’t been seen in the MLB since 1900.

Unreal. Javier has struck out 27 batters and allowed just one hit in his last two games. It’s the most strikeouts by a pitcher in a two-game span while allowing just one hit since 1900.

The Cy Young-esque effort lowered Javier’s season ERA to 2.58 with 95 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings pitched this season. The Astros had shuffled the 25-year-old between a long relief role in the bullpen and a spot in the starting rotation, though these past two efforts against the Yankees and Angels are enough to ensure he sticks as a starter.

Javier’s dominant two-start stretch coincides with the Astros team as a whole. In the last 11 games, Houston starters have combined to post a 1.51 ERA with a .128 batting average against in their last 71 1/3 innings, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

The Astros are 9-2 in that span. The likes of Justin Verlander, who has looked just as dominant in his return from injury, Framber Valdez, and Luis Garcia have been dealing, with Jose Urquidy showing out as well.

It’s a rotation to be reckoned with. And Javier is its latest star.