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Following four-game sweep, Astros send Brad Peacock to pen

Apr 29, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

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Forced to try something new with their starters putting way too much pressure on their bullpen, the Astros dropped Brad Peacock from the rotation on Monday.

No replacement was immediately announced by the team, which lost four straight in Boston this weekend to drop to 7-18.

Peacock, who was part of the Jed Lowrie-Chris Carter deal with the A’s in the offseason, had a 6.01 ERA in Triple-A last year, so his struggles don’t come as much of a surprise. He was 1-3 with an 8.44 ERA in five starts this season. He gave up five runs and walked five in 3 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Red Sox.

Unfortunately for the Astros, that 8.44 ERA didn’t make Peacock the only obvious choice for demotion. While Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris have both been solid in posting ERAs in the low-4.00s, Erik Bedard is at 7.98 and Philip Humber is at 7.99.

In 25 games this season, the Astros have already had three starters pulled in the first inning. Starters were removed prior to completing five innings 12 times in all. In just six of the 25 games have their starters lastedsix innings.

Current relievers Dallas Kuechel and Paul Clemens appear to be the most likely choices to replace Peacock. Travis Blackley might also be a possibility, though he’s struggled some since coming off the DL. Top prospect Jarred Cosart figures to spend a bit more time on the farm before he gets a chance. Ideally, Jordan Lyles would be ready to contribute, but he’s posted a 5.32 ERA and struck out just 11 in 23 2/3 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    If they want to try something new maybe they should try getting some major league talent.

    That’d be a good starting point.

    • themuddychicken - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Let’s not get greedy now.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      he he Beat the Stanks. Doom!

    • baseballisboring - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:57 AM

      No point, really. The previous regime put them in an awful place. IMO it’s not even worth it to spend money on the Kevin Correia’s of the world. They are rebuilding in the truest sense of the word, I don’t blame them for how they’ve gone about shaping the roster. We all knew it was gonna be a rocky road. Feel bad for ‘Stros fans, but at least they have a competent front office.

  2. Brian Donohue - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    on paper you’d think the Yanks might be a nice break for them with more than half their lineup absent.

  3. ras1tafari - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Peacock may actually work out for the Stros in the pen. I watched the game the other night, and he looked pretty darn good for an inning or two. Second time through the lineup is when he got killed.

  4. pdowdy83 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    When Peacock was with the Nationals system most people thought he profiled more as a late inning reliever than a starter because his secondary pitches aren’t quite there. He can also hit higher velocity with his fastball out of the ‘pen. I saw him quite a bit in AA and he seems like a class act. Hopefully the move to the pen works out and he can stay in the big leagues for a few years.

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