Cristian Javier

Cristian Javier

25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Houston Astros
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Javier came into 2021 with some noise given his efforts during his rookie season, but 2021 was a bit all over the place. He opened the season in the rotation, and even tied a franchise record by striking out the first eight batters of a game in his third start. By the end of May, he was 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and was holding hitters to a .171 average. Despite the success, the club decided to move him to the bullpen as Jake Odorizzi and Framber Valdez joined the rotation, and Javier's value plunged as he went on to win one game, save two others and run into issues with walks and homers out of the bullpen around plenty of strikeouts. Those issues carried over into the postseason as well. In all, he showed both what he is capable of when things are going right for him as well as how bad things can get when he struggles to locate his offerings. He is at his best when he is isn't overusing his fastball. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#317
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$Signed a $10,000 contract with the Astros in March of 2015.
Surrenders seven runs
PHouston Astros
May 15, 2022
Javier (2-1) allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five across 3.2 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Nationals.
ANALYSIS
Javier struggled for the entire outing, as he allowed at least one run in all but three of his four innings. The big blows came on a three-run home run by Yadiel Hernandez in third frame and a bases-clearing double by Nelson Cruz in the fourth. If there was a positive to pick out, Javier did manage to record 13 swinging strikes on 84 total pitches. While this was Javier's first time allowing more than two earned runs in an appearance, he has worked more than 3.2 innings only once due to his inconsistent role to begin the campaign. It appears that the team has settled on a six-man rotation for the time being, which would put Javier tentatively in line to pitch again Friday against Texas.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
62
Last 10 Games
62
Last 5 Games
71
How many pitches does Cristian Javier generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Cristian Javier generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-40%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-59%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .238 371 85 46 75 12 0 14
Since 2020vs Right .143 370 129 34 47 8 1 15
2022vs Left .241 63 14 5 13 2 0 1
2022vs Right .167 40 16 4 6 1 0 1
2021vs Left .230 183 44 31 34 4 0 6
2021vs Right .155 241 86 22 33 7 1 10
2020vs Left .248 125 27 10 28 6 0 7
2020vs Right .101 89 27 8 8 0 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-56%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.42 1.03 100.1 7 1 0 10.4 4.0 1.1
Since 2020Away 4.80 1.23 80.2 4 3 2 10.9 3.9 1.9
2022Home 0.00 0.75 12.0 1 0 0 9.8 3.0 0.0
2022Away 6.08 1.43 13.1 1 1 0 11.5 3.4 1.4
2021Home 3.03 1.21 59.1 3 1 0 11.4 4.9 1.2
2021Away 4.29 1.14 42.0 1 0 2 11.8 4.5 1.7
2020Home 2.17 0.76 29.0 3 0 0 8.7 2.8 1.2
2020Away 4.97 1.26 25.1 2 2 0 9.2 3.2 2.5
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Stat Review
How does Cristian Javier compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.33
 
K/9
10.7
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
3.20
 
WHIP
1.11
 
BABIP
.291
 
GB/FB
0.59
 
Left On Base
75.4%
 
Exit Velocity
79.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.7%
 
Spin Rate
2470 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.5%
 
Swinging Strike
11.9%
 
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6 days ago
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Collette Calls: Still Chasing Wins
7 days ago
Wins have been hard to come by this season. Jason Collette examines early run-support numbers and notes pitchers that have enjoyed good fortune in that regard, and those that have not, like Corbin Burnes.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
It's fairly easy to see that Javier overachieved as a rookie with a 5-2 record and 3.48 ERA over 12 appearances (10 starts) for the Astros. He served up 11 HR in 54.1 regular-season innings, and of course the estimators will ding him for all those long balls and a 86.2 LOB% (4.94 FIP, 4.86 xFIP, 4.43 SIERA). At age 23, Javier did not light up the radar gun with a four-seamer that averaged just 92.2 mph, but his slider was virtually unhittable. The right-hander threw 227 sliders during the regular season and allowed four hits, all singles, with 24 strikeouts. The changeup and curveball were distant third and fourth offerings, and the fact that Javier is currently mostly a fastball-slider pitcher leaves open a good deal of bullpen risk. Indeed the bullpen is where Javier spent the postseason. If the third pitch comes along, Javier could take off as the other pieces are there. Don't write off the possibility.
An international signee out of the Dominican Republic, Javier was added to the Astros 40-man roster, shielding him from the Rule 5 draft. The 6-foot-1 righthander features a fastball in the low 90s, touching 96. Not surprisingly considering the organization, what Javier's fastball lacks in velocity is made up for via high spin. He throws a curve and slider, both highly reliant on rotation. Javier's fate may depend on how well he develops his change-up, an offering better with less spin. With that effective pitch to combat lefthanders, Javier's long-term role is in the rotation with the bullpen as a fallback. Javier worked at three levels last season, finishing with a short stint at Triple-A Round Rock where he'll likely start the 2020 campaign. Javier has excelled at every level. If he impresses with the Express, he could get a look as a reliever later in the season as Houston often does with young arms.
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Drawing start Saturday
PHouston Astros
May 12, 2022
Javier will start Saturday against the Nationals, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Works behind Odorizzi
PHouston Astros
May 8, 2022
Javier was credited with a hold after striking out five and allowing no hits and a walk over three scoreless innings out of the bullpen Sunday in the Astros' 5-0 win over the Tigers.
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Excels as sixth starter
PHouston Astros
May 3, 2022
Javier (2-0) got the win during Tuesday's 4-0 victory over Seattle, allowing two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5.1 scoreless innings.
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Awarded another start
PHouston Astros
May 3, 2022
Javier is scheduled to make his second start of the season Tuesday against the Mariners.
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Records win Wednesday
PHouston Astros
April 27, 2022
Javier (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings Wednesday to earn the win over Texas. He struck out four.
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