The Houston Astros picked themselves off the mat last week against the Cleveland Indians and fell right back down against the Boston Red Sox. But the pitching staff had some bright spots during the past week. Now it's time to hand out the awards:
Will Harris has been one of general manager Jeff Luhnow's best pickups during his time with the Astros. Houston claimed Harris off waivers from the Diamonds and he has turned into one of the Astros' most effective relievers over the past two season. Harris has been cruising along in 2016.
In the month of April, Harris allowed one earned run over 11 innings. In May, he hasn't allowed an earned run over 7 2/3 innings.
Last week, Harris appeared in three games. He didn't allow a run over three innings. Harris allowed two hits, struck out three, and walked one.
Michael Feliz won a spot in the Astros bullpen over Wandy Rodriguez because of his difference-making stuff. Feliz hasn't been lighting up radar guns since joining the Astros last season. Feliz was sent down and returned during May. Feliz beat out another pitcher this month after a stellar outing against the Indians -- the team picked Feliz over Josh Fields when it came time to sending another pitcher down in May.
Feliz pitched three scoreless innings against the Indians on May 11, he allowed just one hit and struck out five.
And our winner is...
Starting pitchers get the advantage in this category, plain and simple. Doug Fister gets the nod this week because he gave the Astros exactly what they needed in his one start against the Indians.
Fister allowed just two runs over seven innings on six hits and zero walks. He struck out three along the way. Fister would get a no-decision as the game went 16 innings with Houston winning 5-3. Fister outdueled Danny Salazar, who only last five innings.
Fister is in a good place for the Astros, he has posted five straight quality starts coming into his start on Wednesday against the White Sox.