by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) Astros starting pitcher Philip Humber accepted his assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City and was scheduled to join the club Friday, according to MLB.com.
Humber went 0-8 with a whopping 9.59 ERA through nine appearances (seven starts) in the majors before he was designated for assignment .
Astros remove Philip Humber from roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) It just keeps getting worse and worse for pitcher Philip Humber. After being moved to the bullpen last week, Humber is not even on the roster anymore after the Astros designated him for assignment Sunday.
Humber was moved to the bullpen after losing his first seven starts and posting an 8.82 ERA. He tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his relief debut Thursday, but Humber dropped to 0-8 Saturday after allowing five runs on five hits and one walk in 2/3 innings.
Astros move Philip Humber to bullpen
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Astros starting pitcher Philip Humber has been moved to the bullpen, the Houston Chronicle reports. Dallas Keuchel will instead make Friday's start against the Rangers.
Humber has had one of the worst starts to the season of any pitcher in the league, with an 0-7 record, 8.82 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 33 2/3 innings over seven starts.
Astros mull removing Philip Humber from rotation
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) The Astros have discussed removing starter Philip Humber from the rotation, MLB.com reports Monday. General manager Jeff Luhnow said he and manager Bo Porter have talked about that possibility, but nothing is imminent.
"That's really a decision Bo needs to make, and I'm sure he'll make it at the appropriate time," Luhnow said. "We believe Humber is a major league pitcher and can add value to our team. For now, no decision has been made about any different roles on the pitching side at this point."
Humber has lost each of his seven starts this season and has an 8.82 ERA and 1.93 WHIP.
Philip Humber falls to 0-7
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Astros pitcher Philip Humber could not slow the Tigers' potent offense in Sunday's series finale. After Detroit scored 17 runs the night before, he allowed eight runs on eight hits with three walks over four innings of work in the 9-0 loss.
The right-hander surrendered a two-run homer to Prince Fielder in the first before getting tagged with a five-spot the following frame. Andy Dirks hit a solo homer off him in the fourth for his final damage.
Humber, who threw 91 pitches, struck out one while his record fell to 0-7 on the year.
His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Rangers. When Humber faced Texas on April 3, he allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in the loss.
Philip Humber drops record to 0-6
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Astros starter Philip Humber was decent in New York Tuesday. Unfortunately, Hiroki Kuroda didn't give up a run for the Yankees.
Humber surrendered four runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings and took the loss to fall to 0-6. Humber struck out two and threw 94 pitches, 64 for strikes. His ERA is 7.58, allowing 19 earned runs over his last 11 innings.
Humber is scheduled to start Sunday against Detroit's tough lineup.
Philip Humber to stay in rotation
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Despite allowing 15 earned runs over his last two starts (five innings), Astros manager Bo Porter said he has no plans to take starting pitcher Philip Humber out of the team's starting rotation, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.
Humber became the first pitcher to reach five losses when he allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Red Sox Thursday.
The right-hander, who has gone 0-5 with a 7.99 ERA over his first five starts, is slated to make his next start Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Philip Humber is first pitcher to 5 losses
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Astros starting pitcher Philip Humber became the first pitcher to five losses in 2013 with another ugly performance Thursday. Humber gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, striking out five.
Humber will take an 0-5 record and 7.99 ERA into Yankee Stadium Tuesday if he's still a member of the rotation.
Philip Humber gives up eight runs in 1/3 inning
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Astros starting pitcher Philip Humber surrendered eight earned runs on eight hits and a walk and was removed after getting one out Saturday in a 19-6 loss to Cleveland.
Humber was a tough-luck loser in each of his first three starts, going 0-3 despite giving up just six earned runs in 18 2/3 innings. But he earned his fourth loss Saturday, moving his ERA to 6.63. He's scheduled to meet the Red Sox in Boston Thursday in his next start.
Philip Humber takes another tough-luck loss
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Houston starter Philip Humber was quite solid Sunday afternoon during a start in Los Angeles against the Angels. Unfortunately, his team couldn't score enough to back him up.
Humber had to settle for the losing decision as he dropped to 0-3 on the year after three starts. That said, he certainly pitched well enough to win as he allowed two earned runs on seven hits and a walk over seven strong innings. He struck out four and his only real mistake was allowing a solo homer to Mike Trout in the third inning.
Humber, who otherwise allowed only a first-inning run, has a 2.89 ERA on the year despite his three losses. He's allowed just six runs over 18 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts.
The Astros' starter has certainly pitched far superior than his record would suggest, and he'll search for his first win when he next takes the hill Saturday against Cleveland.
Astros not supporting Philip Humber
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Astros starter Philip Humber was decent Monday night in Seattle. He just wasn't good enough to beat Joe Saunders without any runs.
With Saunders pitching a shutout, Humber's three earned runs over six innings sent him to the loss. He walked a batter and allowed five hits with two strikeouts in 86 pitches.
Humber has a 3.09 ERA over his first 11 2/3 innings with four strikeouts, but thr Astros have not scored during that span.
He'll next start Sunday in Los Angeles against the Angels.
Philip Humber holds Rangers to one run in loss
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013)Philip Humber allowed one run on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in a loss Wednesday against the Rangers.
Humber struck out just two batters, but he induced six groundouts against four flyouts. If Humber is to succeed with Houston this year, he'll need to keep the ball on the ground. Humber allowed 23 home runs in just 16 starts last year, in large part due to a high 42.9 percent fly ball rate. Humber kept the ball in the yard against a solid Rangers lineup Wednesday, a good sign going forward.
An encouraging start for Philip Humber
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/3/2013)Philip Humber didn't last especially long or get many strikeouts in his Astros' debut, but one stat from his Wednesday start against the Rangers provides hope for a bounceback season. When Humber had a surprisingly good 2011 campaign for the White Sox, he had sharp control and improved his efficiency, and he took a step back in that direction.
After turning in a perfect game in his second start last year, Humber developed command issues, but in Wednesday's outing, he threw 66 percent of his pitches for strikes. Humber notched only two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings, but even at his best, that's not what you get him for.
It's just one stat from one start, but if you're tracking Humber to see if he can get back to his '11 form, then his first start with Houston gets him on the right course to accomplish that.
Philip Humber makes last spring start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Astros starting pitcher Philip Humber allowed four runs -- all unearned -- in six innings Thursday against the Tigers in his spring finale. Humber kept Detroit off the scoreboard until a four-run fifth inning, which included a three-run homer from Prince Fielder. Harrell allowed six hits, two walks and struck out five.
He finishes the spring with a 1.73 ERA in six outings (four starts). He struck out 16 and walked six in 26 innings. Humber's first start of the season will come Wednesday against the Rangers.
Philip Humber with quality start in loss
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Astros starter Philip Humber picked up a quality start on Saturday in his Grapefruit League outing against Atlanta. That said, he also picked up his second loss of the spring.
Humber (1-2) gave up three earned runs on three hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out four but was hurt by three long balls against Dan Uggla, Evan Gattis and Jordan Parraz.
Humber is slated to start the third game of the season for Houston against the Rangers on April 3 at Minute Maid Park.
The loser of the No. 5 starter battle will likely end up in the bullpen as a long reliever.
Philip Humber secures rotation spot
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/19/2013) Astros pitcher Philip Humber has all but secured a spot in the starting rotation for Houston this season, reports MLB.com on Tuesday.
Humber, who pitched in a simulated game Monday, was labeled a starter by manager Bo Porter on Tuesday. The skipper noted that Humber has done everything asked of him this spring to win the job.
He has appeared in four spring games and has allowed two earned runs over 14 innings for an ERA of 1.29 with seven Ks over that stretch.
Humber went 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA in 26 appearances (16 starts) for the White Sox last season.
Philip Humber throws in simulated game
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) MLB.com reports Astros pitcher Philip Humber threw in a simulated game on Monday. The right-hander worked four innings and threw 73 pitches in front of manager Bo Porter, pitching coach Doug Brocail and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez.
"The ball was coming out of my hand good today, and my breaking ball was better than it has been," Humber said. "I felt good about that. It was a good day of work."
Humber, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, went 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA in 26 appearances (16 starts) for the White Sox last season.
Humber highly efficient for save
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/12/2013) Houston rotation candidate Philip Humber was so good on Tuesday afternoon in a Grapefruit League outing versus Miami that he earned a save. Humber pitched the final five innings in the game to secure the save as he allowed just one hit and no runs with three strikeouts. In fact, he was so efficient in his performance that he threw 30 more pitches in a bullpen session following the game. Humber's ERA is now at 1.29 on the spring as he looks to win a rotation spot.
Humber builds on strong spring
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (3/7/2013) Astros starting pitcher Philip Humber was dominant in his third spring appearance, holding the Nationals scoreless for four innings Thursday. He allowed only one hit, a double to Corey Brown, and he walked only one batter. Humber recorded just one strikeout, giving him a total of four over nine spring innings. Lowering his ERA to 2.00, Humber has yielded just four base hits so far in Grapefruit League play.
Humber earns spring victory
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/2/2013) Houston starting pitcher Philip Humber blew a save and earned a win on Saturday in Grapefruit League action against the Braves. Humber gave up a solo homer to Freddie Freeman in the third inning, but that was the only run he allowed over three innings. Humber gave up two hits and didn't walk a batter with three strikeouts. His ERA on the spring is at 3.60.
Humber battles early wildness
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/25/2013) Astros starting pitcher Philip Humber permitted a run on one hit in two innings during Houston's Grapefruit League contest against St. Louis on Monday. Humber, who was claimed by the Astros in the offseason after two seasons with the White Sox, issued three walks as his pitches sailed around the strike zone. He was also unable to record a strikeout among the 10 batters he faced during his spring debut. "I just didn't throw strikes," Humber said. "It's not the ideal second inning that you want to have, but it's my first time out there. I'm not going to get myself worked up over it."