Jake O’Dorrese and Christian Javier battle it out for victory

Jake O’Dorrese and Christian Javier in Sunday’s 5-0 win over the Tigers potentially turn the six-man Astros into the traditional five-man rotation.

Had he not played on Sunday, Javier would have been next on the starting line. Houston’s potential players in a three-game series in Minnesota are Justin Verlander on Tuesday, Jose Urquidi on Wednesday and Luis Garcia on Thursday. With the Astros having a day off on Monday, all three will participate in the same rest cycle they have been in since the club began using a six-man rotation in late April.

There is a tentative plan, said Dusty Becker, director of the Astros, but it won’t reveal yet if Houston will return to an expanded rotation at some point. Tuesday marks the start of a nine-game and 16-game winning streak for the Astros.

“It’s too early to tell,” Baker said. “We have to go back to the drawing board. We have tentative plans but we can’t say for sure yet.”

Javier, who started the season at the Bulls, started two rounds with a total of 10 1/3 innings with a 1.74 ERA before taking on Odorizzi’s job to start the sixth round on Sunday. Javier worked in three goalless runs across 45 stadiums without giving up a shot, issuing only one walk and hitting five Detroit players.

Javier said he was told of a plan at noon for Sunday two or three days ahead of schedule, but had no indication if he would return to get off the fold to move on. He said he would be happy to stay on the starting course if the Astros decide he’s wanted there.

“I think now we’ll wait and see,” Javier said through an interpreter. “I feel super happy. Obviously the team has always given me the opportunity, which is something I am always grateful for.”

Odorizzi continued his recent strong run by allowing only one hit in five goal-free rounds against the Tigers. In his last three starts, Odorizzi allowed a one-time run earned in 17 2/3 runs with six hits, four walks, and 12 strikes.

With their current seven-game winning streak, the Astros have recorded an era of 1.00 ERA and 0.79 WHIP across 63 innings. Opponents fought 0.171 against them with 37 hits, eight runs (seven won), two home runs, 13 walks and 54 strikes.

Houston’s starters combined at 1.05 ERA during the stretch while Bullpen had 0.89 ERA.

“What a home it was – 7-0, that’s impressive,” Odorizzi said. “It’s much easier to win when we limit damage and limit runs. If we’re going like that as a crew, we’re a very tough team to beat. So, happy with all the performances of our buddies – bowling, starters, it’s been a really cumulative success program for all of us.”

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