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Houston Astros Jarred Cosart has near perfect major league debut

  • David Whitlock

I don’t think Houston Astros Jarred Cosart could have scripted his major league debut any better.  And up against odds.  Facing the hottest team in major league baseball in the Tampa Bay Rays (8-game winning streak, which had started in Houston on the fourth of July).  He was facing the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner in David Price.  And your team has lost 13 of their last 17 games and showing little sign of turning things around.

Credit: AP/Mike Carlson

Cosart deals like a veteran
Credit: AP/Mike Carlson

So what did Cosart do?  Took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, pitched into the 9th inning, allowed a scant 2 hits, and earned his first major league victory and a face full of shaving cream during his postgame interview.

Jarred Cosart was one of the two key players in the Hunter Pence trade in 2011 from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Cosart is a native of southeast Houston’s Clear Creek High School and grew up an Astros fan.  Cosart is the first of the marquee prospects the Astros traded for (or drafted) during their massive rebuilding project with two straight 100-loss seasons and first overall draft picks and headed for a third.

Like I said, can you script this any better?  I guess it could have been at home.

And for his work, Houston Astros manager Bo Porter announced he would be demoted back to AAA, for one thing to get in regular work during the MLB All Star break, and another, the Astros can use four starters the first week plus after the break with days off.

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– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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