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Philip Humber

  1. Astros decline $3 million option on Philip Humber

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox

    Philip Humber turned a strong spring training into a job with the Astros, but then went 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA in 55 innings split between the rotation and bullpen. Not surprisingly the Astros have decided to decline his $3 million option for next season, giving him a $500,000 buyout that makes him a free…

  2. Astros claim Raul Valdes, Indians claim Tyler Cloyd

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    raul valdes getty

    The Phillies performed a 40-man roster cleanup on Wednesday afternoon and two of the players that were removed have landed with new organizations. Raul Valdes, a left-handed reliever who posted a 7.46 ERA in 35 innings this season for Philadelphia, has been claimed by the Astros and Tyler Cloyd, a 26-year-old starting pitcher who had…

  3. Yusmeiro Petit so far from and so close to perfection

    Sep 7, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

    Yusmeiro Petit, Eric Chavez

    Yusmeiro Petit was one pitch away from what might have been the most unlikely perfect game of all-time. Inches really. The 2-2 pitch to Eric Chavez easily could have been called a strike in a typical situation, even without the help overzealous umpires sometimes give in no-hitter situations. Then Hunter Pence came up just short…

  4. Astros designate Philip Humber for assignment

    May 12, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have designated Philip Humber for assignment. He’ll either be released or outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City if he clears waivers. Humber opened the 2013 regular season in the Astros’ rotation but got demoted to the bullpen after seven disastrous starts. He wound up posting an…

  5. Phil Humber could lose spot in Astros rotation

    May 6, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox

    Phil Humber the 21st perfect game in baseball history on April 21 against the Seattle Mariners last year, and it’s been all downhill ever since. The once-prized prospect in the New York Mets system has logged a 7.79 ERA since the perfecto over 121.1 innings. At 8.82, his 2013 ERA is the worst in the…

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

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Brad Peacock

    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…

  7. Philip Humber has a 7.52 ERA since his perfect game

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox

    Philip Humber threw a perfect game on April 21 of last year, but the degree to which he’s fallen apart since then is amazing. Humber, who was claimed off waivers by the Astros from the White Sox in November, has thrown 111 innings and faced 523 batters since the perfect game. During that time he…

  8. 2013 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    New look Astros

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: Will the Astros be historically bad? Maybe this isn’t the biggest question facing the…

  9. Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jordan Lyles

    Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No.…

  10. Astros claim RHP Philip Humber off waivers from White Sox

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    Update: And the Astros have already signed Humber to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. No word on the terms yet, but a guarantee around $2 million seems likely. /// The White Sox were planning to non-tender Philip Humber before Friday’s deadline, but they went ahead and placed him on waivers beforehand,…

  11. Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Pirates

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    UPDATE: He did it! Homer Bailey has done it. He threw a no-hitter tonight against the Pirates as part of a 1-0 win. Bailey struck out pinch-hitter Brock Holt swinging to begin the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to pop out to left field for the second out. He then Alex Presley to pop…

  12. Matt Cain hasn’t been himself since throwing perfect game

    Aug 7, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    He hasn’t reached Philip Humber territory in terms of struggling after throwing a perfect game, but Matt Cain has a 4.40 ERA since making history on June 14 and the Giants have lost six of his nine starts during that time. Cain has a strong 46/16 K/BB ratio in 57 innings over that nine-start stretch,…

  13. White Sox demote Philip Humber to bullpen three months after perfect game

    Aug 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    AP Phil Humber

    Philip Humber has struggled mightily since throwing a perfect game on April 21, posting a 7.21 ERA in 14 starts while spending some time on the disabled list, and the White Sox have decided to demote him to the bullpen while ditching their brief six-man rotation. Humber took the demotion in stride, mostly because he…

  14. White Sox place Gavin Floyd on DL, activate Philip Humber

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Gavin Floyd was scratched from his scheduled Monday start with an elbow injury that the White Sox hoped would prove minor, but today they placed him on the disabled list. The move was made to create a roster opening for Philip Humber, who returns from the DL after missing the past month with an elbow…

  15. Philip Humber throws six shutout innings in rehab start

    Jul 13, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    Philip Humber was a mess following his perfect game on April 21, posting a 7.47 ERA in 10 starts before the White Sox finally shut him down with a strained elbow in mid-June. Now he’s on the verge of returning from the disabled list, throwing six innings of shutout, two-hit ball last night at Double-A…

  16. White Sox add first-round bust Daniel Moskos on waivers

    Jul 6, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Daniel Moskos

    The Pirates made Daniel Moskos the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft, selecting him ahead of Matt Wieters, Jarrod Parker, Madison Bumgarner and Jason Heyward, among others. Five years and 24 1/3 major league innings later, he’s now a member of the White Sox organization after being claimed off waivers. The selection of Moskos…

  17. Flawless: Matt Cain throws a perfect game versus Astros

    Jun 14, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain turned in one of the most dominant performances in recent memory Wednesday night, going 27 up and 27 down against the Astros for the 22nd perfect game in MLB history. Cain was overpowering with 14 strikeouts, which ties Sandy Koufax for the most ever in a perfect game. And the Giants right-hander also…

  18. Philip Humber, April’s Mr. Perfect, could soon be bullpen bound

    Jun 10, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    Philip Humber‘s rotation spot will likely be up for grabs with one more bad outing. After the right-hander gave up six runs — five earned — and three homers in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Sunday, manager Robin Ventura said that Humber would make one more start, but declined to…

  19. Philip Humber has allowed 20 runs in 13 innings since his perfect game

    May 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    AP Phil Humber

    Whenever a non-ace throws a no-hitter there are always lots of articles wondering if they’ll build off that historic performance and suddenly become a significantly better pitcher. It’s sort of a silly notion to begin with, as if allowing zero hits as opposed to, say, two hits can drastically alter someone’s career. In the case…

  20. Philip Humber excused from White Sox for birth of child

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    philip humber getty

    Philip Humber is experiencing a life-changing April. On Saturday in Seattle he tossed the 21st perfect game in major league history, improving to 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA through his first 14 1/3 innings this season. And now the 29-year-old right-hander is preparing to welcome a big addition to his family. According to Mark D.…

  21. Picture of the Day: Philip Humber admires his perfecto

    Apr 22, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    humber white sox

    From the official Twitter feed of the Chicago White Sox comes this classic shot of right-hander Philip Humber reflecting on his accomplishment in front of the scoreboard at Seattle’s Safeco Field:

  22. Philip Humber delivers 21st perfect game in MLB history

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    humber ap

    White Sox right-hander Philip Humber took the mound Saturday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field as the owner of an uninspiring 4.06 career ERA. When nine innings were up, the 29-year-old starter fell to the grass a few feet in front of home plate as a member of major league history. Humber tossed nine perfect framess…

  23. Philip Humber is perfect. The Mariners are anything but.

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    While most of the baseball-loving nation was forced to watch another a typical Red Sox-Yankees four-hour marathon, Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in big-league history Saturday in the White Sox’s 4-0 win over the Mariners. The perfect game is largely the providence of great pitchers, but Humber is certainly more Dallas Braden than…

  24. Philip Humber finishes off perfect game against Mariners

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    humber getty

    White Sox starter Philip Humber is having his way with the light-hitting Mariners lineup on Saturday in Seattle and currently stands perfect through seven innings of work. Humber has only thrown 70 pitches, so he should be able to go the distance if everything continues to roll his way. The 29-year-old right-hander entered the afternoon…

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