Rested and healthy for the first full season of his career Astros All-Star catcher Jason Castro is rounding the final stretch of the 2013 season with plenty of confidence and power.
On Saturday night Castro guided Brad Peacock through 5 2/3 innings calling on his rookie starter’s newfound slider often to get out of trouble. Catchers are judged first and foremost on how they guide a pitching staff and the former Stanford star has done wonders with the Astros’ young rotation lately.
Castro also took care of business at the plate. He hit a pair of home runs to tie the Astros’ single-season home run record by a catcher while beating the Blue Jays 8-5 at Minute Maid Park.
“Castro’s been outstanding” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “I think a lot of it has to do with his health and just him being able to obviously be healthy. The rest that we’ve been able to give him I think is paying big dividends this time of year.
“Had he not had the amount of time off he’s been afforded this year I...