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Do you ever wonder who the real ace of the Houston Astros is? With the departure of Justin Verlander and the lingering injury of Lance McCullers Jr., the Astros are in need of a new ace to lead their rotation. With the 2022 season in the books, we can take a look back at the numbers to see who was the most reliable and consistent pitcher for the Astros.

The numbers don’t lie, and it’s no surprise that the Astros had some of the best pitching in baseball last season. With the help of Bill James’ GameScore, we can analyze the performances of each of the eight pitchers in the Astros rotation to determine who was the true ace of the team.

From Hunter Brown’s two late-season starts to Justin Verlander’s incredible comeback from Tommy John Surgery, and from Cristian Javier’s two World Series combined no-hitters to Framber Valdez’s record-breaking 25 Quality Starts in a row, the Astros had it all in 2022. But who was the true ace?

In this blog post, we’ll take a deep dive into the numbers to see who was the best pitcher for the Astros last season. We’ll look at GameScore, Quality Starts, Hard-Luck Losses, Cheap Wins and more to determine who was the most consistent and reliable pitcher for the Astros. So, if you’re looking for the answer to the question “Who was the ace of the Astros in 2022?”, then read on to find out.