- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 213 lb.
On June 25, 2022, Cristian Javier pitched the first seven innings of a combined no-hitter by the Houston Astros against the New York Yankees. It was a truly dominant performance as he struck out 13 batters in that span while walking only one. However, he needed 115 pitches to get that far and could not complete the game; relievers Héctor Neris and Ryan Pressly then completed the feat with one hitless inning each. Javier got credit for the 3-0 win, and Pressly got the save. It was the first time the Yankees, owners of the best record in baseball, were no-hit since June 11, 2003, when six Houston pitchers had combined their efforts to turn the trick.
Javier was originally signed by Houston on March 18, 2015 as an international amateur free agent. He reached the majors at the start of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 5-2, 3.48 in 12 games, including 10 starts. He was third in the voting for the 2020 American League Rookie of the Year Award and did well in the postseason. He earned a win in the Wild Card Series against the Minnesota Twins and another one in the Division Series against the Oakland Athletics, both times in relief. He did not give up a run in 6 1/3 innings over the two series, but the Tampa Bay Rays got to him in the ALCS scoring 3 runs in 3 innings in 2 appearances. In 2021, he was used as a swingman by Houston, making 9 starts in 36 appearances. He went 4-1, 3.55, pitching 101 1/3 innings during which he allowed only 67 hits and struck out 130 batters. Only a relatively high walk rate, with 53 free passes issued, kept him from being truly dominant. In the postseason, he worked solely out of the bullpen once again, and again did not give up an earned run over the first two rounds, this time covering the Division Series and the ALCS, for a total of 7 2/3 innings. But in the World Series against the Atlanta Braves, he gave up 4 runs in 3 innings and was charged with the loss in Game 4 on October 30th when he could not preserve a 2-1 lead as the Astros' fifth pitcher of the game in the 7th inning. He struck out Adam Duvall to start the inning, but then gave up back-to-back homers to Dansby Swanson and pinch-hitter Jorge Soler.
- Brian McTaggart: "Javier (13 K's) leads Houston's 'shocking' combined no-hitter vs. Yanks", mlb.com, June 25, 2022.