On Tuesday, left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard made his Astros debut against the Detroit Tigers in a Grapefruit League game at Osceola County Stadium. He had to face sluggers like Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez from the 2012 American League champions.
“That’s a team we’re going to play during the year. So, a lot of the times, it can go against you or with you,” Bedard said. “If they see you more, they can hit you more. You see them more, you have a better game plan.”
In his first inning of work, Bedard retired the first two batters he faced on a groundout and strikeout. After Martinez singled up the middle, Fielder popped out to catcher Jason Castro. He seemed to have control as he jumped ahead early in counts.
Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta led off the second with a ground-rule double, and then Bedard walked Nick Castellanos. After inducing a double play, Peralta scored on an error by Brett Wallace at third base, but Bedard retired the next batter to end the inning.
He left the mound with a 1-0 deficit.
“I came out throwing strikes and we had some good defense and they made some good plays,” Bedard said. “The first inning I came out just throwing fastballs and then the second inning I just worked on the off-speed pitches.
“Everything feels good. Throwing strikes, keeping the ball down,” Bedard said. “Just going out there and throwing strikes is the good thing.”
The 33-year-old lefty is Bedard is trying to win a spot in the back end of the starting rotation.
Final line: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 ER