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Chad Qualls | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 239
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nevada
Contract: view contract details

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Chad Qualls hurled a scoreless ninth inning Monday to notch his eighth save of the season in a 4-3 victory against the Diamondbacks.
Qualls gave up a double to Ender Inciarte that was misplayed by Marwin Gonzalez, playing left field as a chain reaction to Bo Porter's decision to make a double switch that had reliever Tony Sipp in right field for one play in the eighth. Qualls has five saves since May 29 and he hasn't given up a run since way back on April 19. On that day, through six appearances, Qualls held a 9.00 ERA. It's down to 2.08. As a suddenly effective closer on a suddenly scorching team (Houston has won 12 of 16 games), the case could be made that Qualls is one of the more underrated fantasy assets in the game at the moment. Jun 10 - 12:58 AM

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Chad Qualls tossed a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Twins for his seventh save of the season.

Qualls worked around a two-out error by Matt Dominguez to finish off the Twins. The veteran right-hander has settled in quite nicely as the Astros' closer, notching four saves over the past eight days. He hasn't given up a run since April 19 and has allowed just one hit with an 8/0 K/BB ratio over his last 9 2/3 innings. It's time for him to be owned in more fantasy leagues.
Jun 7 - 1:12 AM

Chad Qualls put out Paul Clemens' fire, picking up his sixth save in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Clemens loaded the bases on a pair of singles wrapped around Jonathan Singleton's fielding error before walking in a run. Qualls entered and got all three batters he faced out, allowing only one of his inherited runners to score en route to save number six on the year. Qualls has a tidy 2.29 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and a 22/3 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings.
Jun 5 - 11:01 PM

Chad Qualls worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his fourth save as the Astros defeated the Orioles 3-1 on Thursday.

Qualls has been perfect since manager Bo Porter named him the club's official closer on May 16. The save opportunities have been few and far between, but Qualls is two-for-two with four strikeouts, no walks, and no hits in four innings since. Overall, he has a 2.76 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
May 29 - 11:24 PM

Chad Qualls recorded the final two outs in a non-save situation against the Royals on Tuesday.

With a three-run lead, left-hander Tony Sipp was allowed to start the ninth inning to face Eric Hosmer, depriving Qualls of a save chance. Still, Qualls came in and got Billy Butler to ground out before fanning Alex Gordon to end the game. He's got the support of manager Bo Porter and a 2.93 ERA in 15 1/3 innings, so despite his status as closer of the worst team in baseball he should be owned in mixed leagues.
May 28 - 12:00 AM

Astros manager Bo Porter said Friday that he will use Chad Qualls to close games.

Qualls converted the Astros' last save chance, but they've had so few opportunities that it's been tough to say who the favorite for saves is. The veteran reliever holds a 3.55 ERA and nice 15/3 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings this season, though he's also posted a 1.66 WHIP. While he's far from a safe bet to keep the gig over the long haul, Qualls needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues for the time being.
May 16 - 5:15 PM

Chad Qualls earned the save Sunday with a scoreless ninth inning against the Orioles.

Qualls hit Ryan Flaherty but didn't allow any other baserunners en route to his second save of the season. Qualls' only other save came on April 6, so it's hard to say who's closing games for the Astros on a day to day basis. Qualls owns a 3.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP on the year.
May 11 - 5:07 PM

Chad Qualls blew a save and took a loss as the Astros fell to the A's on Saturday afternoon.

Qualls entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with Houston leading 3-1 and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Jed Lowrie. He then walked Josh Donaldson and allowed a single to Yoenis Cespedes. One batter later Alberto Callaspo tied the game with an RBI single and then Josh Reddick won it with a walkoff base hit to center field. If Astros manager Bo Porter isn't going to name a closer, he should be a little craftier with his late-inning matchups.
Apr 19 - 7:27 PM

Chad Qualls registered his first save of the season Sunday, closing out the Angels in the Astros' 7-4 victory.

It was a 7-1 game before Anthony Bass gave up two more in the ninth, requiring Qualls' appearance. He did allow an inherited run to score on an Erick Aybar single, but Qualls struck out Kole Calhoun with two runners on and Mike Trout on deck to end the game. Josh Fields appears to be the first option for saves currently, but Qualls could be in the mix should Fields falter.
Apr 6 - 6:54 PM

Astros manager Bo Porter announced that he will begin the season with a closer by committee.

Expect Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Josh Fields to divide save opportunities at the outset, though Kevin Chapman absolutely should be owned in AL-only formats as the only projected southpaw currently in Houston's bullpen, according to the website MLB Depth Charts. Qualls is the favorite to end the season with the most saves, but that says more about his competition than it does about him. This bullpen is an absolute mess, same as last year, and the Triple-A isn't hiding any saviors.

Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Josh Fields all pitched scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Saturday.

Manager Bo Porter is still trying to decide on a closer, and these three are his most likely options. Qualls was the favorite going in, but he's allowed four runs in seven innings this spring. Albers has allowed two runs in his seven innings, and Fields has given up just one run. While Porter will likely settle on one from the trio at the start, the ideal for the Astros is that Jesse Crain comes back strong and secures to job in late April or early May.
Mar 22 - 4:08 PM

Chad Qualls gave up a homer to Ian Kinsler in his inning against the Tigers on Saturday.

Qualls has allowed three runs in four innings this spring. He's the favorite to close for Houston with Jesse Crain set to miss at least the first couple of weeks this season, but he is leaving the door open for someone else to take the job.
Mar 15 - 4:49 PM

Making his spring debut, Chad Qualls gave up two runs and three hits in his inning versus the Braves on Sunday.

This after he took a blown save in an intrasquad game last week. With Jesse Crain likely to start off on the DL, Qualls is the clear favorite to begin the season as the Astros' closer. However, if he struggles this month, the door will be open for Josh Fields.
Mar 2 - 4:04 PM

Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday that the team's closer role is "totally open."

"We'll figure out as the course of spring goes on and the season goes on who's best suited for that role, but it will be collectively a group effort to get those late outs in the back end of the game," Porter said. "I think it's totally open because I think competition brings out the best in all of us." Porter listed Jesse Crain, Chad Qualls, Josh Fields and Matt Albers as possibilities for the role. Crain would probably be the favorite if he was healthy, but he's set to begin the year on the DL. Porter mentioned closing experience and the ability to induce grounders as characteristics he'd like in his ninth inning man, which sure makes it sound like Qualls has the leg up for the gig.
Feb 17 - 6:14 PM

Astros signed RHP Chad Qualls to a two-year, $6 million contract.

The deal includes a club option for 2016 that would bring the total value to $9.5 million. The right-hander fell on hard times in 2012 but rebounded to post a 2.61 ERA and 1.23 WHIP as a middle reliever with the Marlins this past season. Qualls, who saved 24 games as recently as 2009, could also see some late-game action with Houston.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 04:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jason Castro
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Jon Singleton
2Jesus Guzman
2B1Jose Altuve
2Enrique Hernandez
SS1Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Robbie Grossman
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
S1Scott Feldman
2Jarred Cosart
3Dallas Keuchel
4Brad Peacock
5Collin McHugh
Relief Pitcher
R1Chad Qualls
2Jesse Crain
3Anthony Bass
4Matt Albers
5Tony Sipp
6Josh Fields
7Darin Downs
8Jose Veras
9Josh Zeid
10David Martinez
11Jose Cisnero