Philip Humber Could Be Next Houston Astros Starter To Lose His Job

By Lee White
Philip Humber Houston Astros
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The Houston Astros have the worst starting rotation in baseball. It has been that way virtually since the second week of the season.

The rotation had the chance to be better than last season’s rotation, but it just hasn’t worked out. The low-risk/high-reward signings of Philip Humber and Erik Bedard haven’t worked out the way the Astros hoped they would. The question with Bedard was always his health. Other than a minor setback in Spring Training, he has been healthy but just hasn’t performed, and ultimately lost his rotation job.

Humber, who has been absolutely terrible since his perfect game last season, is dangerously close to losing his rotation spot. He has gotten completely shelled this season, and will continue to be. He has had a drop in velocity, and is a very hittable pitcher. His pitch-to-contact, fly ball style doesn’t bode well for a guy who touches the low 90s on his fastball, especially one who pitches in the hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park.

The rotation moves began with Brad Peacock, and have continued with Bedard losing his spot. Now, it looks like Humber is on his way out of the rotation as well. The Astros are using the off day on Monday to evaluate Humber’s spot in the rotation.

You don’t need an expert to tell you Humber has been terrible. He has started seven games this season and has lost all seven in brutal fashion. No news has came out about Humber’s future yet, but I’m sure something will come out soon.

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