Tanner Houck Moving to the Bullpen and Likely Worcester

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According to Alex Cora Tuesday on WEEI, Tanner Houck will move to the bullpen with Eduardo Rodriguez set to return Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles.  Cora said, “We had a plan coming into the season and we'll probably stick with it."  Which makes fans believe Houck will be sent to Worcester upon Rodriguez’s return.

Tanner Houck delivers a pitch in his start Saturday vs Baltimore / photo courtesy of bostonglobe.com

Upon hearing this, Jared Carrabis, a barstool writer with over 331,000 followers on Twitter, went to Twitter saying “you can’t remove Tanner Houck from the rotation and try to contend at the same time.  An innings limit, fine. But that dude belongs.”

I agree with Carrabis here, in three starts last season, Houck has a 0.53 ERA and a FIP of 3.25.  To put that into perspective, fangraphs.com considers 3.25 to be an excellent FIP.  The 2020 CY Young Trevor Bauer had a 2.87 FIP last year.  In his one start this year, Houck did much of the same, throwing five innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs while striking out 8.  He has also yet to allow a hit off a slider since he came up.

Logistically, it makes a lot of sense for Houck to go down to Worcester.  He has options left, and does not have much MLB experience.  Although he might go down, I would not expect him to remain in Worcester for very long.

 

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