The Houston Astros have lost eight of their last nine games, including four in a row. All eyes will be on Lucas Harrell, the team’s best starting pitcher as of late, to end the streak and get the win Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers.
Harrell is 3-2 with a 3.60 earned run average, 24 strikeouts and a .292 opponent’s batting average in six starts this season. Even though his statistics on the season are decent, his numbers improved drastically over his last three outings. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA, 13 strikeouts and 19 innings pitched in his last three starts.
The fact is the other starting pitchers on the active roster have not done a whole lot recently, while Harrell has done everything he can to help the Astros win. Houston recorded only four wins over a 17-day span in April, and Harrell had three of those victories.
The Astros almost ended their bad losing streak Friday night against the Tigers. In fact, they had the game all but won until closer Jose Veras blew the save by surrendering two earned runs in the ninth inning.
Even though it looks as if the team is down and out, Houston manager Bo Porter continues to be confident that his players will work together to get the streak turned around.
“We’ve played good baseball,” Porter told Astros.com. “We’ve had some misfortune along the way. But the tide is going to change and a lot of these plays are going to go our way and we’re going to hit our stretch of winning these types of ballgames.”
Harrell will be sharing the mound with Detroit starter Max Scherzer, who is 3-0 with a 4.02 ERA this season.