First pitch: Astros try to avoid sweep vs. Tigers; Porter talks to Harrell about shifts
Summary of 3 articles · Updated May 15, 2013
Porter spoke with No. 2 starter Lucas Harrell about his postgame comments Tuesday, during which Harrell criticized the club’s continued use of defensive shifts. Porter said Wednesday he discussed Houston's defensive shifts with Harrell after the pitcher publically expressed frustration with a couple balls that weren't caught in Tuesday night's game . Porter said the team stands by the shifts the manager specifically cited the Astros leading MLB in double plays and he prefers players voice any complaints they have to him instead of the media. Astros No. 2 starter Lucas Harrell went fully public with his shift-based frustration Tuesday following a 6-2 loss to the Tigers, saying several balls could have been caught that weren’t and directly referring to an Andy Dirks go-ahead RBI double in the fifth that “was up there forever.” "Listen, if you have something to say, and you want to voice your opinion, I have a complete open-door policy," Porter recalled saying. Starters have complained privately, while sometimes making their displeasure known publicly through negative in-game reactions to base hits they believe would have been caught had a shift not been in place.
Astros report: Porter, Luhnow support shifts in face of pitchers’ criticisms
DETROIT - Some Astros pitchers don’t like the club’s increased use of defensive shifts. Starters have complained privately, while sometimes making their displeasure known publicly through negative in-game reactions to base hits they believe would ha