Porter believes Harrell will rebound in 2014

Porter believes Harrell will rebound in 2014
January 9, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Porter on Harrell: 'He's in a good place'

Apr 2, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell (64) wipes sweat from his head against the Texas Rangers in the third inning at Minute Maid Park.

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To say that Lucas Harrell had a tough 2013 season would be an understatement.

The right-hander had perhaps the most difficult season for an Astros starter since Jose Lima’s disastrous 2000 season, the first at Minute Maid Park.

Harrell went from one of the anchors of the rotation at the end of 2012, when he finished the season with an 11-11 record and 3.76 ERA on a team that lost 107 games, to a 6-17 record with a 5.86 ERA in 2013. The season, which started with Harrell adjusting poorly to the new strategy of utilizing pronounced defensive shifts to pitching his way out of the rotation by the end of the season.

The offseason has seemed to bring peace to Harrell, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by manager Bo Porter.

“I tell you he’s in a good place,” Porter said of Harrell on Wednesday. “2012 he was arguably the best pitcher on this team. Last year he took a step back and the game kind of humbled him a little bit.”

Porter believes that the failure from last year is driving Harrell to return to a prominent role in the pitching staff in 2014.