Earlier today, it was reported Houston Astros manager Bo Porter has moved Lucas Harrell from the starting rotation to the bullpen.
This may come as a bit of a surprised to those who haven’t kept up with the Astrosthis season. Before the year started, it looked as if Harrell would be the same pitcher that he was last season, and become either a nice trading asset or a pitcher to keep for a little bit. After his breakout season last year, Harrell has followed it up with a string of poor performances.
Harrell has been one of the more inconsistent pitchers I’ve seen this season. When he is good, he’s good, but when he’s bad, he is really bad. In fact, before his last atrocious start, Harrell was third in walks by a starting pitcher in the bigs. I’m sure that has changed considering he walked six batters in that game.
The most frustrating thing about Harrell is the fact that he can get the job done. He’s done that this season but for some reason, he always goes back to his wild, ineffective, inefficient self. It’s maddening.
This has nothing to do with his performance, but I’m beginning to hate Harrell’s attitude. Sure, he’s a competitor and that’s fine, but he needs to keep his mouth shut when it comes to speaking to the media. I fail to feel sorry for a pitcher being removed from the starting rotation when their ERA is at 5.04.
He was asked about continuing to pitch for the Astros, and told the media: “I mean, yeah. It’s one of those things where you’ve got a new regime in here. They want their guys and it’s coming later in the season; it’s getting closer to September. So they’re going to try their guys and see what happens.”
The fact that he mentioned a “new regime” is absolutely nuts. Sure, Bo Porter probably has “his” guys that he wants to succeed, but coming into this year, Harrell was almost an untouchable asset for the Astros because he was young, cheap, controllable and a good pitcher.
This year, not so much. If you ask me, Harrell is part of this “new regime’s” guys mainly because he was brought in by the GM Jeff Luhnow.
I didn’t think the Astros would trade Harrell before the season started, and now that he has performed as poorly as he has, I don’t think they’re going to be able to. As for what is next for Harrell and the Astros moving forward, it will be interesting to see what happens. I hope Harrell figures out his problem in the bullpen, but I’m not counting on it.
For now, Harrell needs to shut his mouth and work his tail off in the bullpen.