By Brett Dolan

Not a lot went right for the Houston Astros in the first month and a half of the 2016 season, except an incredible start from relief pitcher Will Harris that resulted in him taking over the closer role for a period of time and earning a spot on the American League All Star team.

Harris’ numbers faded a bit in the second half of the season when the Astros eventually climbed above the .500 mark and finished at 84-78. The LSU product pitched in 66 games with 12 saves and a 2.25 ERA.

Harris told reporters Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida that the club and the pitching staff didn’t produce enough wins last year.

“I am not sure how many people back home like to bet, but betting favorites to win the American League (last year) was the Astros, the National League was the Cubs,” he explained. “They held up their end and we came up a little short. We know what we have in here and we know what we are capable of. Pitchers and catchers are here and I don’t think as a whole we maybe didn’t hold up our end of the bargain last year. You give us that little extra chip on our shoulder and give us something to prove, it could be something that could push us.”

Harris recently signed a two year contract worth a reported five million dollars with the club.

“I didn’t keep it a secret from anybody, I want to play for the Astros,” he said. “If they would have signed me to a 10-year deal I would have done it.”


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