Pitcher Ryne Stanek, who played for the Arkansas Baseball team from 2011-2013, has made a positive impact for the Houston Astros in their playoff series against the Chicago White Sox.
He’s one of four former Razorbacks who are on teams in the 2021 MLB Postseason. Stanek is joined by Dallas Keuchel (Chicago White Sox), Drew Smyly (Atlanta Braves) and Jalen Beeks (Tampa Bay Rays) on rosters of 2021 MLB postseason teams.
During the regular season, Stanek faced 290 batter across a career high 72 games. The right hander recorded 83 strikeouts and gave up just 6 home runs.
Former Arkansas Baseball pitcher Ryne Stanek is making a big impact during the MLB Postseason
In the 2021 postseason, Stanek has appeared in 2 games for the Astros in their series against the Chicago White Sox. Stanek was not utilized in Game 1.
In Game 2, Stanek’s first postseason appearance for Houston, he came in as a relief pitcher during the 7th inning with the score tied 4-4.
Stanek took the mound and faced five batters, striking out two of them. His quick dispatch of the White Sox batters gave the Astros the spark of momentum they needed.
The Astros stringed together 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th and never looked back. Houston came out on top 9-4, giving Stanek his first ever playoff win, improving to 1-0.
Ryne Stanek followed up his first career postseason win with a solid outing in Game 3 vs the White Sox. He was called to the mound in the 7th inning with the Astros trailing 6-9. Stanek was superbly efficient, facing three batters and striking out two of them.
Stanek was one of only two Houston pitchers to not give up a hit in Game 3.
The Astros lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is set for Oct. 11 and Game 5 will be Oct. 13.