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Rotowire: May 19 / 5:21a ET
News: Thatcher took the loss in relief Monday after allowing a run on one hit and two walks in just a third of an inning against the A's.
Impact: Thatcher (0-1) entered the game with two outs in the top of the fourth inning and struck out Josh Reddick, however, he failed to retire a batter when he came back out for the fifth, as he allowed an infield single and two walks to load the bases before exiting the game in favor of Will Harris. The 33-year-old southpaw was charged with the loss when one of Harris' inherited runners scored on an RBI single. With a 3.38 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, Thatcher has been the most unreliable member of Houston's bullpen to date. If his performance does not improve, the Astros may turn to Kevin Chapman or Darin Downs in the minors to take over the lefty specialist role out of the bullpen.
Rotowire: May 6 / 5:34a ET
News: Thatcher pitched a scoreless frame and struck out two during the Astros' 7-1 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Through 10 relief appearances for the Astros this season, Thatcher has a 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB over 6.1 innings. Despite solid numbers thus far, he hasn't pitched many high-leverage situations this season, as the Astros have leaned on fellow southpaw Tony Sipp for those occurrences.