Since May 15th, no team in the MLB‘s American League has had a better starting rotation than the Houston Astros. Despite constant jokes about their futility, the Astros’ starters have a collective ERA of 2.96 since the 15th of May which tops any AL team.
Sure, not many care about the effectiveness of Lucas Harrell given his team is 14.5 games out of first place, but the sophomore is having a serviceable season nonetheless. After his 2012 season, plenty of MLB pundits felt that Harrell earned himself the NL Rookie of the Year Award. The Astros’ rookie has started a league-high 16 games and despite an inflated 4.32 ERA, he has turned it on in the month of June with just a 1.73 ERA over four starts.
Harrell’s scorching June has given Houston fans a lot to look forward to, yet the play of Bud Norris and veteran Erik Bedard in particular has been fun to watch.
A total journeyman, Berdard has found a home with the Astros as the 34-year-old starter is 2-1 this month and is starting to bring his previously-high ERA down. Playing in such a tough division the Astros have struggled in 2013, but if the old adage that “Good pitching beats good hitting,” rings true then Houston fans should be ecstatic. While they aren’t the sexiest team around the majors, keep an eye on the Astros because it’s young arms like Harrell who are going to be fanning major league hitters for years to come.
Hopefully this young staff’s success can bring Houston a few Ws this season as the franchise finally has the ball rolling in the right direction.