Lucas Harrell leads the league in losses with 17. Why anyone with 17 losses is still seeing playing time can only be explained by the Houston Astros‘ current commitment to giving every single player every single opportunity possible.
The Astros hung on for dear life for the majority of the season finale against the New York Yankees, taking a 1-1 tie into extras, but they dropped the game in the 14th as Harrell allowed four runs to give him a season stat line of 6-17 with a 5.86 ERA in 153 innings pitched. Perhaps the most amazing stat there is the 153 innings pitched.
Harrell is clearly not the same guy he was last year. He was a solid, go-to starter on an Astros’ team that, believe it or not, was worse than the current one.
In Harrel’s last 10 games, he’s thrown 29 innings and given up 26 earned runs. This has to be the end of Harrell in an Astros’ uniform. He is a head case that, once he gets behind, gets so down on himself that there is no getting him back. If he is pitching well, he’ll keep pitching well, but a professional MLB player cannot have his performances so directly linked to his attitude.
The 11-11 Harrell with a 3.76 ERA of 2012 is so far removed from the current Harrell, and knowing his psyche, it would take a severe “rehab” stint to get his mind anywhere close to where he was last year. With that, it has to be time for Harrell to bid adieu to Houston. That being said, knowing the Astros, it’s a distinct possibility that he’ll return to Spring Training for anther chance.