As far as I can tell, this was an atrocious game to watch, and thankfully, I wasn’t able to. However, I’m afraid people might interpret that Dave Bush pitched well in this start, due to the fact that that he only allowed two earned runs in six innings.
That would be an incorrect interpretation.
Dave Bush walked five batters and only struck out three batters. He did induce nine ground balls, but the Astros also hit 10 balls in the air. Major League pitchers simply can’t survive giving up more walks than strikeouts. Even though his ERA for the game was only 3.00, his FIP comes in at 4.70. Bush’s saving grace today was that 5 of the fly balls he allowed stayed in the infield.
No, Dave Bush did not have a quality start today. Dave Bush had a start that looks good because the Astros hitters are terrible. This is a lineup that came in with all of three above average players. Pedro Feliz and Oswaldo Navarro are among the worst hitters in the major leagues. Carlos Lee is far past his prime. The Astros haven’t scored many runs this season for a reason – they’re not very good.
Just because Dave Bush got lucky against a terrible lineup does not mean that he is a good pitcher nor that he deserves to stay in the rotation. Despite this start, he remains one of the worst pitchers in the Major Leagues and should be kicked out of the rotation upon Doug Davis’s return.