It's time once again for the TCB Pitcher of the Week awards. Each week, through the magic of small sample sizes, we will pick out a few performances that are worthy of recognition.
The bullpen once again gets a tip of the cap this week. The awards, of course, should start with Will Harris. Harris has been lights out this season. He has allowed just one earned run over his first 23 2/3 inning in 2016. Did I mention that one run came in his first outing of 2016? He hasn't allowed a run over his last 22 1/3 innings of work -- including a perfect 12 2/3 innings in the month of May.
Harris was great last week as well. He allowed zero runs on three hits over seven innings over the team's last seven games. Harris walked three and struck out 10 over that time.
Michael Feliz continues to give reasons for Astros fans to scratch their heads on why the team traded for Ken Giles when they had Feliz all along. But that just shows how good Feliz has been in his young career in 2016.
In the month of he has been 3-1 with a 0.54 ERA over 16.2 innings. Feliz has struck out 26 and walked just one during that time. This past week, he allowed just one run on four hits and struck out 18 over 11 2/3 innings.
And Our Winner...
Starting pitcher will always have the advantage in this category. Over one week, starters will pitcher more innings than relievers -- assuming they have a good outing. A good outing is something we hadn't seen out of Dallas Keuchel in a long time until May 28th against the Angels.
Kuechel allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked none. The two runs came on solo home runs from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols -- which can happen to the best of pitchers.