This season has not gone particularly well for the Houston Astros, and it certainly has not gone well for a certain 28 year old right handed starting pitcher. That pitcher is Lucas Harrell. He was been wildly inconsistent to a tune of a 5-9 win loss record and a 5.04 ERA. There is no way around it, the guy has been absolutely miserable to watch. It would be one thing for him to struggle if he was just hit hard, but what irks me is that he gets hit hard AFTER walking guys. He has 53 (yes FIFTY THREE) walks in 103 innings pitched. That is atrocious.
Coming into the 2013 season, Harrell was supposed to be a bright spot in the rotation coming off a career year in 2012. Last year, he went 11-11 with a 3.76 ERA. He had 78 walks but he had way more innings under his belt. He is well on pace to break that single season high this year, and its not even close. This season Harrell has not taken the high road when it comes to addressing his struggles. Blaming everything from defensive shifts, teammates errors, lack of run production, and even the pitching mound. Heck, hes even blamed the weather. When asked to comment on his recent demotion, he said, “I don’t want to talk about it.” What he should of said was something along the lines of, “I’m going to go to the bullpen and work on my mechanics and hopefully be back in the rotation soon and help my team out anyway possible.” Or something like that.
The club has not decided who will take his place yet, but I’m hoping for a Jarred Cosart sighting. One can only hope, I guess. I’m also hoping Harrell gets traded, but there is no value there anymore. Till next time, shut your mouth and do your job, Lucas.