Fantasy Baseball: Should You Add Lucas Harrell?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 3:  Lucas Harrell #64 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on July 3, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Houston Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell is 7-7 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 114.2 innings. Not exactly impressive numbers, especially the 5.9 K/9 ratio, but lately he’s been much more productive making him a fantasy consideration.

In his past five starts Harrell has allowed one or fewer runs on four occasions. He is sporting an impressive 2.18 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 33 innings of work during that stretch.

Equally impressive has been the 35 strikeouts (9.5 K/9) he has racked up. Harrell has nearly as many strikeouts in his past 33 innings as he had in his first 81.2.

Harrell has been a monster at home, sporting a 5-1 record with a 1.99 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 45.1 innings pitched. Unfortunately for Lucas, he has tossed 69.1 innings on the road, where his ERA is a robust 5.71 and his WHIP is 1.46.

Clearly with splits like that, he has earned a streamer designation. If he is starting at home, he should be considered.

In his past two road starts he has posted a 1.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. His success has come in just 12 innings, and he got bombed for five runs in five innings in his prior start, so he’s not out of the woods. However, if the matchup is favorable, even on the road he could be worth a look.

Harrell is available in virtually all fantasy leagues so if you’re looking for a hot streaming pitcher option, he could be your guy. His next start is Tuesday against the Reds. I’d hold off on adding him.


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