Apr 15, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell works during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks accquire Lucas Harrell: Why?


 

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Houston Astros pulled off a trade earlier today with Houston who sent right-handed starting pitcher Lucas Harell to Arizona for either cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Harell, 28, was designated for assignment by the Astros last week. In 2013, Harrell made 22 starts with Houston pitching 153 and two-thirds innings while carrying a 6-17 wins loss record. He was tagged for 100 earned runs last season and allowed opposing hitters to put the ball in play accumulating in an era of 5.86. So far this season Harell has allowed 19 hits through three starts managing to only make it through 12 and a third innings with an era of 9.49 which isn’t much better than all the other Arizona starters.

Arizona will assign him to Triple A Reno. The Diamondbacks are currently at the bottom of the National League when it comes to pitching. The Dbacks also have the worst record in the National League at 8-20 and already the team is eight and a half games back in the National League West. To put it into prespective the Snakes will have to play above .500 just to get back to .500 this season. Frankly I dont think this team can do that, and even if they get back to .500, three straight .500 seasons aren’t good enough.

The pitching more specifically the starters have been the problem this year especially the lack of depth. I understand why Kevin Towers is making these moves.

Just a few weeks ago, Towers accquired veteran Randy Wolf who had success as a starter with the Brewers and he is in Triple A right now. I understand the Wolf move because he has had success. But this move doesn’t make sense. I understand the Snakes need pitching depth especialy considering the recent struggles of top prospect Archie Bradley. But Harell is doing terrible for the Astros this year and he did terrible this year. Wolf is the much better option. Despite the depth issue, I just think this was a pointless move.

 

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