Coming off a 15 inning loss, the Houston Astros needed a quality start from pitcher Brad Peacock in their second game of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, they got more of the same from the right-handed pitcher. Peacock got through five innings of work, which helped saved the Astros’ bullpen to an extent. However, before exiting, he gave up eight runs on seven hits as the Astros took the loss 10-3.
Peacock has struggled tremendously in his last five starts for the Astros. In those combined starts, Peacock has given up 22 earned runs in 20 innings pitched. In those 20 innings pitched, he has allowed 28 hits, 12 walks and six home runs. His ERA has ballooned to a hefty 5.44 as he continues to show his struggles in the first inning.
Peacock was recalled tonight in hopes that he could right the ship after the last few starts he had that were not good. He continued his struggles in the first inning by allowing five runs to the Phillies after the Astros had already gotten him the lead in the top half of the inning. At this point, the Astros need to seriously consider replacing him in the rotation very soon. The revolving door the Astros are using with him is not working.
Peacock has some control issues to work out, which should take place in the minors. The Astros have plenty of pitchers in their farm system that can come up for a spot start or two if needed. That is why having a deep farm system is so crucial for the Astros. What is the point of having depth if you keep calling up and sending down the same players over and over again?
With September call-ups around the corner, the Astros don’t have to start the arbitration clock of one of their better pitching prospects, but there are players that are capable of coming up and starting for the Astros if needed. It’s not as if the Astros are going to win anything other than the first-overall pick in the draft for a fourth straight season, but they still need to find out what they have in other players that may be involved in the future.