A.J. Hinch Names Osuna Primary Closer
On early Tuesday afternoon, Houston Astros Manager A.J. Hinch decided to shake his bullpen up a little and make a switch at the closer position that had mainly been occupied by Hector Rondon as of late.
Roberto Osuna made 15 appearances for the Blue Jays this year before serving a 75-game suspension for a violation of MLB's domestic violence policy. Despite the suspension, Osuna would be available to pitch in the postseason should the Astros clinch a playoff berth.
Since arriving in Houston, Osuna has allowed one earned run and struck out three batters in five innings. Twice he finished games in non-save situations for the team: an 8-6 defeat to the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 9 and a 3-4 extra-innings loss to the Mariners three days later.
On the year, Osuna holds a 1-1 record with a 2.95 ERA in 21 games.