There isn’t much that needs to be said about the Houston Astros bullpen. They were atrocious last year, and even with the addition of some veteran arms, they haven’t improved too much this year. Guys like Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls have found some consistency coming on in relief, but the other pieces of consistency such as Matt Albers and Anthony Bass have been sidelined off and on throughout the season.
But in the coming weeks, the Astros should be seeing a lot of relievers returning to the pen. Along with Albers and Bass nearing returns, Jesse Crain, who has been on the DL all season, is throwing a bullpen session. Crain’s 2013 was sensational, as he went 36.2 innings and surrendered only 3 earned runs. Those types of numbers are obviously tough to replicate, but anything close would be a welcome addition.
Alex White, who was also acquired in the offseason, is expected to join the Astros bullpen as well when he comes off the DL following Tommy John surgery. White could factor into the rotation at some point, but for now, his skills will be a welcome addition to the weak Astros pen.
Another potential bullpen addition is prospect Asher Wojciechowski. He’s another guy that was a starter throughout his career, but in all likelihood he’ll make his MLB debut coming out of the bullpen until he proves that he’s successful enough to move to a starter.
All will be welcome additions to their faulty bullpen. This help cannot come soon enough.