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Josh Fields | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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After coming in with a 6-1 lead, Josh Fields allowed three runs -- two earned -- in the ninth Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Fields was pulled after retiring two of the five batters he faced, allowing Anthony Bass to come in and get a one-out save. While it wasn't a save situation for Fields tonight, this won't help his chances of getting the next save chance generated. As is, both he and Chad Qualls, who pitched a scoreless eighth tonight, have identical 4.91 ERAs and 1.91 WHIPs. It bodes well for Matt Albers perhaps getting some save opps once he returns from paternity leave. Apr 10 - 10:32 PM

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Josh Fields struck out one over a perfect inning to earn the save in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Fields needed just 10 pitches to dispose of the Yankees in order, getting a popout and a foulout sandwiched around a strikeout of Brian Roberts. Matt Albers pitched before Fields and also looked terrific, giving up a hit but striking out the other four batters he faced. Chad Qualls was nowhere to be found after allowing a run on three hits Tuesday. The Astros bullpen has the makings of a true committee, at least until Jesse Crain (biceps) is ready, but Fields could be at the top of the pecking order right now.
Apr 3 - 1:25 PM

Josh Fields fanned all three batters he faced in the ninth Thursday against the Phillies.

Oddly, one of those hitters was a pitcher -- the Phillies let Sean O'Sullivan hit for himself in the ninth -- but at least two of the guys did, in fact, hit for a living. Fields has probably been the best of Houston's closer candidates this spring, with one run allowed and a 5/0 K/BB ratio in six innings. It's still unlikely, but maybe he'll get the gig over Chad Qualls on Opening Day.
Mar 20 - 4:53 PM

Josh Fields expressed his desire on Friday to compete for the Astros ninth-inning gig, but understands why a pair of veteran hurlers was brought in as well.

Jesse Crain and Chad Qualls were acquired via free agency this offseason, with Crain the leading candidate for saves in the Astros bullpen provided he's healthy to begin the season. Fields, who finished the season in that capacity, posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 40/18 K/BB ratio over 38 innings of work in his rookie campaign.
Feb 15 - 8:27 AM

Josh Fields allowed a solo homer but escaped to earn his fourth save of the season against the Mariners on Monday.

Fields entered the cushiest of save situations: A three-run ninth inning lead in Seattle. He settled down after Brad Miller's home run and didn't allow another base runner. Fields isn't a good fantasy closer -- he isn't even a good reliever, period, as his 5.91 ERA would attest -- but it appears as though he's leapfrogged Chia-Jen Lo as Bo Porter's preferred ninth-inning option. Lo coughed up two runs in the seventh inning and now owns a 5.40 ERA.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 01:45:00 AM

Josh Fields worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings to record his third save of the season Thursday against the A's.

The Astros' closer-by-committee is drama at its worst, a soap opera with non-existent ratings. Fields is a member of it, but would you believe that this is his first save since August 14? Chia-Jen Lo seemed to be the pilot of this airplane filled with lost souls, but he dropped to 0-3 when the Twins flogged him for four runs on Monday. Skipper Bo Porter hasn't called on Lo and his 5.25 ERA since. Mixed leaguers waste a roster spot on a Houston reliever at their own peril.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 01:10:00 AM

Josh Fields took a loss by giving up Josh Hamilton's walkoff homer in the 10th inning Saturday.

Fields retired four Angels before surrendering the blast. He did pick up his second save against the A's on Wednesday, but he's behind Chia-Jen Lo in line for save chances right now.
Sun, Aug 18, 2013 01:29:00 AM

Josh Fields struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season on Wednesday against the A's.

Chia-Jen Lo had pitched in two straight games, so skipper Bo Porter elected to call on Fields, who was enjoying the one-week anniversary of his first career blown save, a three-run fiasco against the Red Sox. Lo, who hasn't allowed a run in six appearances, remains Houston's closer, while Porter's decision on Wednesday indicates that Fields is still next in line.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 01:58:00 AM

Josh Fields allowed three runs in an inning of work to register his first blown save of the year on Wednesday.

Fields picked up his first save on August 5 and promptly blew his first save two days later. He was called on to protect a 5-4 lead but Stephen Drew launched a three-run homer, Fields' sixth home run allowed in just 21 innings of work this year, to spoil his night. Regardless of whether he keeps the job after Wednesday, Fields is just too scary to rely on for saves.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 12:46:00 AM

Josh Fields struck out all four Red Sox he faced to pick up his first career save in a 2-0 game Monday.

Fields fanned Mike Napoli to strand runners on the corners in the eighth and then got Jonny Gomes, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stephen Drew in the ninth. Maybe he wouldn't have had so much luck against Boston's more discerning hitters -- his big weapon tonight was a high fastball out of the zone -- but he certainly got the job done against the free swingers and he may well have earned himself the next save chance the Astros generate. Those desperate for saves can give him a try. Just be warned: he entered tonight with a 6.27 ERA.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 11:36:00 PM

Astros activated RHP Josh Fields from the 15-day disabled list.

Fields posted a 1.80 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 10 innings over seven rehab appearances and is now ready to rejoin the Astros' bullpen. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since the first week of the season due to a right forearm strain.
Fri, May 31, 2013 05:35:00 PM

Josh Fields (forearm) could be activated from the disabled list in 7-10 days.

Fields suffered a right forearm strain in the first week of the season and has appeared in four games at Double-A Corpus Christi during his rehab assignment. The Astros want to see Fields work consecutive games without any setbacks before he's activated from the DL.
Sat, May 25, 2013 09:08:00 AM

Josh Fields (forearm) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with High-A Quad Cities.

Fields is scheduled to throw two innings. The Rule 5 pick appeared in two games with the Astros in early April prior to being placed on the disabled list. If all goes well, he could return to the big club sometime this month.
Thu, May 9, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Josh Fields (forearm) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday at about 90 percent intensity.

Fields is gradually increasing the intensity each time out and will be ready to face hitters in a few days. He seems likely to be ready to return from his forearm strain early next month.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 09:22:00 PM

Astros placed RHP Josh Fields on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 4, with a right forearm strain.

A Rule 5 pick, Fields appeared in two games with the Astros before suffering the injury. Paul Clemens has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jason Castro
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Marc Krauss
2Jesus Guzman
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Jonathan Villar
2Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Alex Presley
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1George Springer
2L.J. Hoes
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
S1Scott Feldman
2Jarred Cosart
3Brett Oberholtzer
4Dallas Keuchel
5Brad Peacock
6Asher Wojciechowski
Relief Pitcher
R1Jesse Crain
2Josh Fields
3Matt Albers
4Chad Qualls
5Raul Valdes
6Anthony Bass
7Jerome Williams
8Paul Clemens
9Alex White