Discussing Cristian Javier Role in 2022

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Discussing Cristian Javier Role in 2022


Cristian Javier was undoubtedly one of the more intriguing players to suit up for the Astros within the past two seasons. After all, his unique "invisiball" stands out from the crowd in addition to his impressive strikeout potential. Of any pitcher with at least 150 innings pitched in the past two seasons starter and reliever Javier's 28.8 percent strikeout rate ranks 16th between Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Rogers. Considering that the right-hander's four-seam fastball velocity which he throws roughly 60 percent of the time averages out to 93.1 MPH, it is an impressive feat to post a strikeout rate in that range. This performance is primarily thanks to his ability to generate plenty of backspin on his fastball to create this rising mirage and locate in areas where hitters can't handle it well. Combine that fastball with an effective slider as he does, it isn't a mystery how he can rake up the punchouts. That said Peter Solomon Hoodie, Javier does have issues to conquer if he wants to become a complete pitcher. Walks, for example, became a recurring theme with him in 2021. Using the same inning qualifier as earlier, Javier's 11.1 percent walk rate is the second-highest in baseball, trailing only Blake Snell at 11.6 percent. Location issues were part of the reason behind his decline between his impressive April and less-than-stellar May. It is also why he didn't make another start after his May 23 outing against the Rangers, in addition to Framber Valdez making his return earlier than expected. While his strikeout rate and pitch velocity increased as a reliever, his location issues persisted, hence the 13.9 percent free pass rate from May 24 onward. As we saw in the postseason Justin Dirden T-Shirt, there were instances where Javier could shut down an opposing lineup for an outing. The next outing or two, however, was a bit unpredictable. Looking ahead for the upcoming 2022 season whenever that'll happen Javier's role is somewhat uncertain. For one, it can be argued that Javier's profile is better suited in the rotation, considering some of his struggles as a reliever compared to those as a starter for his career. While he hasn't necessarily been fantastic as a starter, the overall trend points to better performance in that role for the 24-year old.

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