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PHILADELPHIA — As Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow looks for ways to upgrade his pitching staff at Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, he reminds himself daily that he is operating from a position of strength.

“We’re not going to overpay dramatically, because we’re not in a situation where we have to,” Luhnow told ESPN at Citizens Bank Park. “We have a pretty good team, and if we can improve it without giving up too much of our future, we will.”
The Astros entered Wednesday’s series finale against the Phillies with a 67-33 record and a 17-game lead over the second-place Seattle Mariners in the American League West. They’ve been fueled by an offense that leads the majors in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases and OPS.

Houston’s pitching also has been effective, with a lot less national acclaim. The Astros rank first among the 30 MLB clubs with 1,018 strikeouts, and they’re second cheap mlb jerseys authentic in batting average against (.234) and ERA (3.98). Staff ace Dallas Keuchel will return from a neck injury on Friday and join Collin McHugh and Lance McCullers Jr. in the rotation for a three-game road series against the Detroit Tigers.

Houston has been mentioned in speculation as a potential landing spot for Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray, the two most coveted starters available in advance of Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline. If the Astros add a starter, it most likely will be someone who is accomplished enough to slot in with Keuchel and McCullers at the beginning of a playoff series.

Luhnow also has the postseason in mind as he scours the relief market. The Astros have been scouting Tigers left-hander Justin Wilson, San Diego Padres lefty Brad Hand and several other options.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch has received a lot of mileage out of his middle- and back end-of-the-rotation starters. Mike Fiers went 6-3 with a 2.51 ERA over a span of 12 starts entering Wednesday’s outing against the Phillies. Brad Peacock has struck out 97 batters in 71⅓ innings as a starter and reliever. And Charlie Morton threw seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball in a 5-0 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday.

One of those three pitchers will have to shift to the bullpen now that McHugh and Keuchel are back from the disabled list. Peacock, the most versatile member of the group, appears to be the leading candidate to pitch in relief.

Luhnow made it clear the Astros are aiming high in their deadline discussions with teams.

“I think if we are going to acquire a starting pitcher, that person is going to have to be a clear upgrade to the group [we have], and that’s a very small list of pitchers,” Luhnow said. “To a certain extent, that makes things a little bit easier.

“Right now, the rotation is healthy. Whoever we get, we’re not acquiring them to help us win the division. We’re acquiring them to help us in the postseason. It’s a very advantageous position to be able to focus on that exclusively. That’s what we’re doing.”

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f this was goodbye for Yu Darvish and Texas Rangers fans, it was a rough way to go.

Darvish allowed a career high 10 runs to the Marlins on Wednesday night. It’s the first time he has allowed more than seven runs in any game.

Darvish, a free agent at the end of this season, could be dealt to a contending team in the next few days as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

He may have scared a few teams with this outing. Darvish’s ERA in his last five starts jumped to 7.20. He has now had two starts this month in which he allowed at least seven earned runs (he allowed seven against the Red Sox on July 4). He had three such starts in his career prior to this stretch.

It was indicative from the first batter that it would not be Darvish’s night. Dee Gordon’s leadoff home run snapped a 413 at-bat homerless streak, the longest active streak among non-pitchers in the majors entering Wednesday.

Darvish in 2017

Darvish was coming off a three-start stretch in which he had a 2.86 ERA, and in his last start prior to Friday, he matched a season high with eight innings in which he struck out 12 against the Rays.

He has pitched well at times this season, allowing one run and one hit in seven innings in a win against the Astros on June 12 and pitching seven scoreless two-hit innings with 10 strikeouts in Yankee Stadium 11 days later.

Globe Life Park in Arlington has been a trouble spot for Darvish this season. He has a 5.38 ERA in 12 home starts this season, compared to a 2.49 ERA in 10 road starts.

Darvish’s career

Darvish was quite good but never quite lived up to the hype after the Rangers won the right to purchase him from the Nippon Ham Fighters for $51.7 million in January 2012. He had a 3.90 ERA as a rookie in 2012 but lost the AL wild-card game to the Orioles. The next season was his best, a 2.83 ERA and a league-leading 277 strikeouts.

But then came an elbow injury that limited Darvish to 22 starts in 2014, knocked him out for 2015 (Tommy John surgery) and a shoulder injury that held him to 17 starts in 2016. He made another postseason start against the Blue Jays last season but lost that as well.

Darvish’s legacy will be strikeouts. His 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings rank best in Rangers history, one spot ahead of Hall of Famer (and Rangers wholesale mlb jerseys legend and former owner) Nolan Ryan.

But if this is it, Darvish ends with eight straight winless starts, the longest winless streak of his career.