Astros pull Cristian Javier from start despite World Series history on the line
Down 2 in the best-of-7 World Series, the Houston Astros needed Cristian Javier to get a quality start against Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
He did more than that.
Javier threw six innings without a hit. His only baserunners were two walks to Bryce Harper and Brandon Marsh.
Cristian Javier #53 of the Houston Astros reacts after the end of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 02, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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With Javier cruising, though, manager Dusty Baker summon Bryan Abreu from his bullpen to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning despite his young right-hander nine outs away from history.
New York Yankees hurler Don Larsen threw a perfect game against the then-Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, which is the only time in history a team didn’t get a hit in a World Series game.
To add on to that, the late Roy Halladay is the only other pitcher to toss a no-hitter in postseason history, doing it for the Phillies against the Cincinnati Reds during the 2010 NLDS.
Despite the Astros holding a 5-0 lead due to an offensive onslaught in the sixth inning of the game, Baker decided to call Javier out.
Cristian Javier #53 of the Houston Astros looks on in the third inning during Game 4 of the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Javier was at 97 pitches when he left the game with history on the line, though his bullpen kept it going. Abreu would strikeout the side in the seventh.
Javier was a stellar Astros player all year. He owns a 2. 54 ERA in 30 games (25 starts) during the regular season while pitching to a 0. 71 ERA in three games (two starts) now.
Both of his starts have come in hostile environments as well, with Javier pitching against the New York Yankees in the ALCS, where he gave up just one hit over 5.1 innings with five strikeouts and three walks.
Cristian Javier #53 of the Houston Astros delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning in Game Four of the 2022 World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 02, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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In fact, Javier led the Astros to a combined no-hitter against the Yankees during the regular season, racking up 13 strikeouts in his seven innings which led to a celebration at Yankee Stadium by the road team.
Javier’s solid start also comes a night after the Phillies hit Lance McCullers Jr. hard, launching five home runs for seven runs.
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