Erik Bedard pitches six innings for first time this year
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Astros pitcher Erik Bedard pitched six innings for the first time this season, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three for his first quality start of the year. Bedard wound up with a no-decision after the game went into extra innings.
Bedard takes a 6.00 ERA into next weekend's start against the Athletics.
Astros flip-flop rotation order
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) The Astros have tweaked their upcoming rotation slightly as they have flip-flopped Jordan Lyles and Erik Bedard, MLB.com reports.
Bedard, originally expected to start Friday, will start Saturday in Pittsburgh. Lyles was expected to go Saturday originally but will move up to pitch Friday.
Erik Bedard pitches well in no-decision
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Astros starter Erik Bedard did not factor in the decision Saturday against the Rangers. Bedard, who made his sixth start, allowed two runs on four hits over five innings -- his longest outing of the year -- including a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Beltre in the second.
Bedard was pulled after surrendering a leadoff single to Lance Berkman in the sixth but was charged with the run after Berkman came home to score on a two-run bomb off the bat of Nelson Cruz.
The left-hander finished with a season-high seven strikeouts and one walk while earning a no-decision. Bedard is slated to face the Pirates Friday at Pittsburgh.
Erik Bedard not worth your time
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) As a familiar name with All-Star pedigree, Astros starter Erik Bedard's name is always going to cause Fantasy owners' ears to perk up. The team announced Wednesday Bedard will return to the rotation, after briefly being moved to the bullpen.
But that news does not mean Fantasy owners should pay attention.
Bedard has done little to be worthy of attention in Fantasy formats, posting a 7.36 ERA and 1.82 WHIP, while failing to last longer than four innings in any of his five starts. With a bad team behind him, Bedard is unlikely to prove helpful in any way for Fantasy owners. Continue to ignore Bedard in all formats moving forward.
Erik Bedard tabbed to start Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter announced Wednesday that pitcher Erik Bedard, who was moved to the bullpen earlier this week, will start Saturday's game against the Rangers, according to multiple reports.
Bedard has made five starts and two relief appearances for the Astros this season, going 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Erik Bedard moving to bullpen
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter has decided that pitcher Erik Bedard will move to the bullpen "indefinitely," reports the Houston Chronicle.
Despite striking out over a batter per inning, Bedard holds an ugly 8.20 ERA and 1.93 WHIP on the season and has failed to record an out beyond the fourth inning.
With an off day Monday, Houston won't need a fifth starter until Friday. They have not said who that will be yet.
Erik Bedard still hasn't pitched more than four innings
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Astros starting pitcher Erik Bedard pitched just four innings in Wednesday's start against the Yankees, allowing four earned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out two. He has yet to pitch into the fifth inning in any of his starts this season.
Bedard has surrendered seven home runs on the year, including two on Wednesday, en route to a 8.20 ERA in 18 2/3 innings. He's lined up to face the Angels next week, provided the Astros don't remove him from the rotation before his next start.
Another short outing for Erik Bedard
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Astros starting pitcher Erik Bedard only lasted three innings during Friday's contest against the Red Sox. Bedard, who made his fifth appearance -- fourth start -- allowed five runs on eight hits, including three home runs in the 7-3 defeat.
He served up a solo shot to David Ross in the second inning, before serving up back-to-back solo blasts to Will Middlebrooks and Ross in the fourth.
Bedard was pulled after throwing 91 pitches and finished with five strikeouts without issuing a walk, while falling to 0-2 with a 7.97 ERA.
The left-hander, who has allowed 13 earned runs over his last three starts (7 1/3 innings), is scheduled to face the Yankees in New York Wednesday.
Erik Bedard lasts four innings
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) The Astros needed depth from starter Erik Bedard Sunday against the Indians. Instead, Bedard only could go four innings.
Bedard, who settled for a no-decision as Cleveland won 5-4, allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. He threw 75 pitches and held a 2-1 advantage until giving up a run in the third inning on Ryan Raburn's single to right-center field.
Houston was hoping to get a little more out of Bedard Sunday, especially after the 34-year-old recorded only one out his last time out at Oakland. He struck out eight batters, but didn't go deep enough to qualify for a win.
Bedard, who picked up a save in his first appearance of the season and has since moved into the rotation, has yet to go deeper than four innings in any start. That said, he does have 14 Ks over 11 2/3 innings.
Bedard will search for his first win on Friday in Boston.
Erik Bedard gets only one out in loss
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Houston starter Erik Bedard had a nightmarish outing in his second start of the season Monday night in Oakland.
The Astros pitcher had given up just two hits and two walks over his first 7 1/3 shutout innings. Things went very differently Monday.
The 34-year-old Bedard only managed one out before being replaced by reliever Paul Clemens. Bedard walked four batters, allowed Coco Crisp to score on a wild pitch and gave up a two-run single to Brandon Moss before serving up a three-run homer to Nate Freiman, the first of his major league career.
In all, Bedard allowed six earned runs on two hits and four walks over 1/3 of an inning. The only out he recorded was on a strikeout. Bedard threw 35 pitches and 18 went for strikes. His ERA jumped from perfect to 7.04 with the performance and, needless to say, he took the loss.
Bedard (0-1) is scheduled to make his third start of the season Sunday against Cleveland. He will hope to have a better -- and longer -- performance in that one.
Erik Bedard works four scoreless innings
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Astros pitcher Erik Bedard made his first start Tuesday night against the Mariners and was sharp. He worked four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out three.
The left-hander also walked two but did not last long enough to earn a decision in a 16-9 win.
Bedard, who threw 66 pitches, has thrown 7 1/3 scoreless innings thus far while surrendering just two hits.
He earned the save on opening day by throwing 3 1/3 innings of relief.
Erik Bedard scheduled to start Tuesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Astros pitcher Erik Bedard is scheduled to make his first start of the season Tuesday against the Mariners, according to the Houston Chronicle. Bedard worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings and picked up a save on opening day against the Rangers.
He has not faced the Mariners since 2007 and is 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in five career starts.
Erik Bedard scoreless in Astros debut
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013)Erik Bedard earned the first save of his career in his Astros' debut on opening day against the Rangers Sunday.
He relieved starter Bud Norris in the sixth and worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings. The left-hander surrendered just one hit and struck out two. Bedard did not walk a batter while throwing 38 pitches, 26 for strikes in the 8-2 win.
Bedard, who won a spot in the rotation during the spring, is still scheduled to start Saturday against the A's.
Astros add Erik Bedard to 40-man roster
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Astros have purchased Erik Bedard's contract and added him to the opening day roster, the club announced Sunday.
Bedard won the Astros' fifth starter job earlier in the spring, so the move is merely a formality. The 34-year-old threw 125.2 innings for Pittsburgh last season and allowed a 5.01 ERA (74 ERA+) with a 2.11 K/BB.
Erik Bedard throws three innings in minors
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Astros pitcher Erik Bedard saw action in a minor-league game on Tuesday, according to MLB.com. He threw 45 pitches over three innings of work.
Bedard, the No. 5 starter for Houston, has not allowed a run over six innings pitched in the Grapefruit League while striking out nine.
Erik Bedard worth late Fantasy consideration
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/25/2013) Now that the Astros gave him a spot in their rotation, it's time to look at what Erik Bedard is capable of doing to help your Fantasy team.
Bedard put together an ugly 2012, with a 5.01 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but he still struck out almost a batter per inning, and he was cruising through the early part of the season before being hampered by back spasms and never looking quite the same. With a career 3.85 ERA and 1.34 WHIP, Bedard isn't as bad as you may think. And he can strike out a batter per inning, as he's proven this spring, striking out nine batters in six innings without allowing a run.
Bedard has a long history of health issues, and his home park is a homer-happy bandbox, but he's been more of a groundball pitcher in his career (1.2 GB/FB ratio) and 150 good innings from him would give Bedard value in the only format he's worth consideration: AL-only, late, for a dollar.
The upside is a $15 starter with a high K/9. The downside? With the high K rate, he may still return a couple bucks back. He's far from a guarantee, but Bedard makes for a decent late-game gamble in Roto formats.
Erik Bedard named Astros' fifth starter
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Pitcher Erik Bedard will open the season as the Astros’ fifth starter.
Bedard has been prone to injuries throughout his career, but was brought in to compete for a role in the offseason.
Last season, Bedard had a 5.01 ERA and a 4.07 FIP in 125 2/3 innings.
The loser of the No. 5 starter battle will likely end up in the bullpen as a long reliever.
Erik Bedard closing in on rotation
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013) Astros pitcher Erik Bedard moved a step closer toward claiming the fourth spot in the starting rotation by pitching four innings in a minor-league game on Friday. Houston manager Bo Porter has announced Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Philip Humber will start the first three games, and Bedard lines up as the logical No. 4 starter, although nothing is official.
"He's a veteran. I'm not so much concerned about anything more than his pitch count getting built up," Porter said about Bedard. "From the reports that I was able to get, there were no problems."
Bedard has not allowed an earned run during three Grapefruit League starts while collecting nine strikeouts and two walks.
Erik Bedard throws three shutout innings
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) Houston starter Erik Bedard pitched the final three innings of Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays. Bedard followed Astros' starter Bud Norris to the mound and earned the three-inning save with three scoreless frames.
Bedard allowed just one base hit in the outing and struck out five batters and has yet to allow an earned run on the spring. He's now gone six innings having allowed just one unearned run with nine Ks.
The 34-year-old Bedard is not on the 40-man roster but may actually be a favorite to land the final rotation spot. He's battling with the likes of Alex White, Brad Peacock, John Ely, Dallas Keuchel and Kyle Weiland, so he must continue to put together solid outings.
Bedard scoreless again for Astros
(3/13/2013) After a scoreless Grapefruit League debut, Astros pitcher Erik Bedard had another sharp outing on Wednesday against the Nationals. He gave up one hit over a scoreless inning of work. Bedard also struck out three and walked one. "He took a page out of old, crafty veteran Jamie Moyer's book," said manager Bo Porter. "He had (runners on) first and second, nobody out, and he goes: `I'm going to slow this game down to a crawl and I'm going to make pitch after pitch after pitch and I'm going to get out of this.' I told him I hope our young guys were watching."
Bedard could throw again soon
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/12/2013) Houston non-roster invitee Erik Bedard could be ready to begin throwing again shortly, according to manager Bo Porter, reports MLB.com Tuesday. Bedard, 34, has only seen two innings pitched this spring and has been out due to a right gluteal sprain. "If all goes well with the report I get today, then [pitching coach] Doug [Brocail] and I will sit down and figure out where we're going to place him as far as getting him back into the rotation and getting him some live innings," Porter said.
Bedard suffers interesting injury
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/6/2013) Houston non-roster invitee Erik Bedard was scratched from his latest start due to a strained gluteal muscle, reports the Toronto Sun. Hes been getting treatment and hopefully we get him back out there soon, Astros manager Bo Porter told MLB.com.
Bedard searching for an edge
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/26/2013) Houston starting pitcher Erik Bedard permitted an unearned run and two hits in two innings of work during his first Grapefruit League appearance Tuesday against Detroit. Bedard, battling for a spot in the Astros' lackluster rotation, issued one walk and had one strikeout. The veteran left-hander is in camp as a non-roster invitee after posting a career-high 5.01 ERA and 7-14 record in 24 starts with Pittsburgh last year. "I'm changing speeds and throwing the ball down, and location is always the key," Bedard said. "If you can do that every time out, you're going to be successful."
Bedard impresses new manager
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/19/2013) The Houston Chronicle reports Astros manager Bo Porter has been impressed with veteran left-hander Erik Bedard through the first week of camp. "His cutter was really good, his changeup was good, Porter said. He actually threw a couple sliders that were backfoot sliders that were swing-and-miss.
(1/21/2013) The Astros signed pitcher Erik Bedard to a minor-league contract on Monday. The left-hander will be in camp as a non-roster invitee. Bedard went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts for the Pirates last season before being released in August. When you have a lot of right-handers in the mix and to have a left-hander with his type of major league experience and success and track record, it can only help us, general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com. Hes got a strong chance to be in our rotation all year long, and were hoping thats the Erik Bedard thats had tremendous success already in his big league career.