2023 Player Outlook
2023 Outlook: Houck posted a 5.01 ERA and 1.368 WHIP last season but he probably deserves a pass. He spent the offseason recovering from spinal surgery and later spent two months of last season recovering from orbital surgery as a result of getting hit in the face by a line drive.
2024 Outlook: Houck entered the 2023 season with a career 3.02 ERA and 1.123 WHIP and he’s been used as both a starter and closer (9 career saves) in his four-year career. He’s expecting to start the season in the Red Sox’s starting rotation, but if the Sox trade closer Kenley Jansen, he could find himself working out of the bullpen. With a full offseason in which Houck is healthy enough to fully prepare for the upcoming season there’s a good chance that his 2024 production is much closer to his career norms.