Week 10 Pitcher:
Jun 8, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Will Harris (left) celebrates the victory against the Texas Rangers with catcher Jason Castro (15) after the game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Will Harris– 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 SV, 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP
After a 2-6 week against the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Astros didn’t have much need for a closer. In those two wins, though, Will Harris came out and pitched the ninth inning.
The important part for Harris fantasy owners is that consistency, at least for the week, of him coming out and getting the save opportunities. In that part, Harris excelled, recording both of his saves in his two opportunities.
With an ERA of 0.33 going into his June 11th outing at Tampa Bay, Harris seemed to lose control of his pitches against the Rays lineup, walking two and giving up a hit to load the bases with one out. Fortunately, Harris kept them to only one earned run recording his second save of the week and third of the year.
This does give him a weakness, though. With a lack of velocity and a ridiculously high ground ball percentage rates, Harris needs to find a way to keep his 92 miles per hour cutter working with movement to get hitters out. He has increased his amount of strikeouts per nine innings to 9.42 though.
With his 0.63 ERA, Harris has earned another week at the closer position. This week may be the deciding factor to whether he keeps it or not. If he puts that rough outing (for Harris) against Tampa behind him, Harris is a great pickup if you lack saves.
Next: Now on to Week 11: