Philip Humber’s dream season with the Astros has reached a breaking point.

The veteran righthander gave up seven runs in the first two innings of Sunday’s 9-0 blowout loss to Detroit. He exited the game having allowed eight hits and eight runs while walking three in just four innings. Humber’s ERA hit 8.82 and the former Rice standout is 0-7 this season in seven starts.

After giving up 35 hits, 27 runs and nine walks in his last 15 innings, Humber acknowledged postgame Sunday his velocity has fallen off. Pitching coach Doug Brocail asked Humber after the second inning if his arm was hurting.

“I’m doing the best I can. I’m fighting. I’m not giving up,” Humber said. “But (the ball’s) just not coming out of my hand like I want it to right now and, on top of that, it just seems like every mistake I make’s getting hit hard.”

Astros manager Bo Porter said the club will use an off day Monday to evaluate whether Humber will be moved out of the rotation. Humber acknowledged he hasn’t “done anything to prevent that from happening.”

Humber was one of the Astros’ top pitchers during his initial three starts, giving up 17 hits and six runs in 182⁄3 innings, while attacking the strike zone and staying out of deep counts. His rotation spot was shaky heading into a nine-hit, four-run loss to New York last Tuesday, though, and Humber has rarely fooled batters during his last four appearances.

“I’m not going to make a knee-jerk decision sitting here (Sunday) after the game,” Porter said. “We’ll think about our options and go from there.”


Humber was one of the Astros’ top pitchers during his initial three starts, giving up 17 hits and six runs in 18 2/3 innings, while attacking the strike zone and staying out of deep counts. His rotation spot was shaky heading into a nine-hit, four-run loss to the Yankees last Tuesday, though, and Humber has rarely fooled batters during his last four appearances.

“I’m not going to make a knee-jerk decision sitting here (Sunday) after the game,” Porter said. “We’ll think about our options and go from there.”