The Houston Astros had Erik Bedard starting for the first time since being demoted. Bedard had had a rough go of things other than in his first two outings. Once being demoted to the bullpen, it looked like he was living on borrowed time. That wasn’t the case as the Astros chose to start Bedard on Saturday against the Texas Rangers. The Astros feel the time is not right to move a prospect like Jarred Cosart up from Triple A, and felt that Bedard, who had success against the Rangers in the first game of the season, could have success again on Saturday.
Bedard was sailing along on Saturday, striking out Ranger after Ranger. He certainly looked like the Bedard of his career, and not the Bedard of this Astros season so far. He got out of the first inning with just nine pitches, and was looking like he could go past his season-high four innings. He did, of course. Bedard finished with five innings pitched, just 90 pitches, and struck out seven. He only had one inning in which he was in real trouble, and that was the fifth. He had bases loaded with one out, but struck out Ian Kinsler, and got Elvis Andrus to fly out to right field.
The Astros did a lot of good things in this game, unfortunately sending out Philip Humber to pitch the sixth inning was the worst thing they did. Humber only got two outs in the sixth, and gave up five runs, all of which were earned. Humber, who was 0-7 before this game, had already been moved out of the starting rotation. In fact, Bedard was starting in his place.
Humber completely ruined Bedard’s return back to the starting rotation as Bedard had a 3-1 lead when he left.
Humber was charged with the loss in Saturday’s game as the Astros made a charge, but couldn’t complete the comeback as they lost 8-7. After watching that performance from Humber, one couldn’t help but wonder how much time that pitcher has left. They certainly have pitchers like a Josh Zeid or Brett Olberholtzer who could be called up from Triple A.