Houston Astros' Philip Humber Picks Up Where He Left Off

By Josh Sippie
Anthony Gruppuso – USA TODAY Sports

It’s a bit unrealistic to expect any Houston Astros relief pitcher to hold a one-run lead. That being said, to blow it in six pitches is a bit disappointing. But, that is what is expected and what can be expected going forward out of the recent call-up Philip Humber.

While it may be unnecessary to state Humber’s stats again, I’ll go ahead and do it, just to reinforce the point that he does not belong in MLB: 0-8, 9.49 ERA, 36 runs against in 34 innings.

After young phenom Jarred Cosart fought valiantly through 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out four and only walking one to lower his ERA to a minuscule 1.15, Humber stepped onto the mound and in quick succession, he allowed a single and a double. Just like that, all of Cosart’s hard work had again gone for naught.

Humber threw 1.1 innings, gave up three hits and one earned run while leaving a man on second before leaving the game in disgrace yet again.

Obviously, the first question on everybody’s mind was, “Why is he here again?”

It’s a valid question with zero legitimate answers. He has literally done nothing but lose in the majors, as evidenced by the big zero in his win column and further emphasized by the big snowman in his loss column. One has to wonder whether or not Cosart may have been a little queasy in the dugout when he saw the big  no. 21 coming out of the bullpen.

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