The Houston Astros signed starting pitcher Phil Humber to a one year contract during the offseason. Everyone probably knows about Humber’s illustrious perfect game from last season. The only problem with Humber is the fact that he hasn’t put it together for a full season yet. You know, when the Astros first snagged Humber, I didn’t like it. I’m still not exactly sure about it.
Humber is from Nacogdoches, Texas, he went to Rice University in Houston. He is a hometown guy. That part I do like about him. But, as Spring Training has gone on, I’m beginning to like him as a player. I don’t like to get caught up in Spring Training stats, but you can’t look at his stats and not wonder if he makes the starting rotation.
Humber has been in the competition for the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation all spring. It is no secret that the Astros have just about every spot up for competition. Humber has made the most of his opportunity with the Astros so far. Between Alex White and John Ely, Humber easily has the best numbers. If you ask me, those are the guys he is really competing against.
Humber’s last start on Thursday was especially impressive. He pitched four innings only allowing one hit and one walk. He didn’t give up any hits while completely shutting down the Washington Nationals lineup. On a young team, this sort of outing could propel Humber into a favorite for that fourth spot in the rotation. Another thing this start does is set up even more competition. White and Ely are going to have to start pitching better if one or both of them plan on making the rotation.
I can’t say I predicted this from Humber, because I didn’t. I wasn’t sure Humber could make the starting rotation. There are still a lot games left in the spring, but if Humber can keep this up, he is sure to be a lock.