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Chad Qualls | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nevada
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With Luke Gregerson getting the night off, Chad Qualls pitched a hitless ninth for his fourth save Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Four saves in six weeks is pretty darn good for a setup guy. We're guessing the Astros didn't want to use Gregerson for a second straight night after he had just missed a few days with a family emergency. He should be ready to go tomorrow. May 14 - 11:11 PM

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Despite giving up an RBI double, Chad Qualls picked up his third save Saturday against the Angels.

Qualls is filling in for Luke Gregerson while the Astros' closer is absent. He's given up runs in back-to-back outings, but he'll probably still be the choice next time a save chance arises.
May 10 - 12:00 AM

Chad Qualls gave up a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, resulting in a loss as the Astros fell 2-1 to the Rangers on Monday.

Qualls allowed a leadoff double to Adrian Beltre, then followed that up by allowing a single to Kyle Blanks to push Beltre to third base. Qualls struck out Rougned Odor, revealing light at the end of the tunnel, but Robinson Chirinos hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the go-ahead run. Qualls, typically setting up for closer Luke Gregerson, has mostly been solid, sporting a 3.48 ERA with a 14/2 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings.
May 4 - 11:19 PM

Chad Qualls retired the only batter he faced Friday to pick up his second save against the A's.

Qualls was the third pitcher of the 11th, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to center to end the game with the tying run on second. It's Qualls' second save in four days, but the Astros won't be replacing Luke Gregerson anytime soon.
Apr 25 - 2:00 AM

Chad Qualls struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to record his first save as the Astros earned a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Qualls was filling in for regular closer Luke Gregerson, who had pitched on three consecutive days with a total of 41 pitches. Qualls made quick work of the Mariners, striking out Kyle Seager and Justin Ruggiano before getting Logan Morrison to ground out to shortstop to end the game. Barring injuries, Qualls shouldn't see save situations with any regularity.
Apr 22 - 1:23 AM

Chad Qualls still has a perfect ERA this spring after pitching a scoreless inning Monday against the Braves.

Qualls has allowed one hit and an unearned run through four innings. The Astros have yet to name a closer, and it's possible Qualls will get the job, though Luke Gregerson remains the favorite. Qualls went 19-for-25 saving games for Houston last year.
Mar 16 - 5:04 PM

Chad Qualls picked up his 19th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Friday's 3-1 win over the Mets.

Qualls, who has been bothered by a hip injury lately, had blown two of his previous three attempts. He had no issue getting past the Mets on Friday, however. Qualls is now 19-for-25 in save opportunities with a 3.33 ERA and a 43/5 K/BB ratio.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Chad Qualls notched a save Monday in his first appearance since Sept. 6, pitching a scoreless ninth in the Astros' 3-1 win over the Indians.

The Astros went right back to Qualls in the closer's role tonight, and he retired three of the four batters he faced in his return from a hip problem. Since he needed just 10 pitches, he could get the call again in a save chance on Tuesday.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:41:00 PM

Chad Qualls (hip) is available to pitch Monday.

Qualls hasn't pitched since September 6 due to an issue with his right hip. It's unlikely that the Astros will trust him with save chances right away, so hang on to Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in fantasy leagues.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Chad Qualls (hip) said Saturday that he's feeling better.

Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related. He's not sure when (or if) he'll be cleared to return to action, but it does appear a bit of progress is being made. The Astros have used Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in the ninth inning with Qualls out.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Chad Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related.

The ailment was originally described as a glute problem, but it appears it's more in his hip. "I don’t know if it’s just tight hip or something like that that’s putting pressure on kind of a nerve back there, get like just a warm feeling — just in like a six-inch feeling just down kind of the side of my leg. When I sit down or laid down it wouldn’t hurt, and then if I walk around it gets irritated." Qualls is receiving treatment and is being considered day-to-day, but there's no guarantee that he makes it back this season. Josh Fields and Tony Sipp have picked up saves for the Astros over the last week and both need to be owned in fantasy leagues.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:44:00 AM

Chad Qualls was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a right glute issue.

It explains why Josh Fields was used in the ninth inning and converted his second straight save. Qualls is being listed as day-to-day, so it shouldn't be a long-term issue. Still, the veteran reliever has also struggled lately, so picking up Fields just in case might not be a bad idea.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 01:26:00 AM

Chad Qualls blew his sixth save of the season Saturday in the Astros' loss to the A's.

And it was his fifth blown save of the year against Oakland. Qualls was called on in the bottom of the ninth with runners at first and third and the Astros leading by two. He gave up a game-tying double to Josh Reddick and then Jed Lowrie hit a walkoff single. Yikes.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Chad Qualls pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Rangers on Sunday to earn his 16th save.

After getting hit hard and suffering a blown save his last time out, Qualls rebounded to take care of the bottom part of the Rangers order with ease. The right-hander has 16 saves to go with a 3.47 ERA. He'll stick with the Astros for the rest of the year, and he'll grab a few more saves before the season is out for save-needy owners.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 06:28:00 PM

Chad Qualls gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to take his fifth blown save and fourth loss Wednesday against the A's.

Mere hours after the Astros declined to trade him to the Tigers. Qualls has had a nice year, but he's a 36-year-old with a career 3.74 ERA; if the Astros could have gotten value for him, they should have done so.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 12:06:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
CF1Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Roberto Hernandez
5Lance McCullers
6Brett Oberholtzer
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Joe Thatcher
8Jake Buchanan
9Samuel Deduno
10Michael Feliz