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Will Harris | Relief Pitcher | #36

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/28/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 249
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: LSU
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / COL
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Will Harris allowed a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the ninth inning on Friday against the Blue Jays, but still hung on for his 12th save of the season.
Harris was recently booted from the closer role, but he filled in on Friday with Ken Giles on the paternity leave list. He might get another save chance or two over the weekend. Aug 12 - 10:08 PM

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Will Harris is out as the Astros' closer.

Harris blew his second straight save opportunity on Monday night against the Blue Jays after struggling through much of July. Ken Giles is taking over the job.
Aug 2 - 5:31 PM

Will Harris blew his second straight save chance on Monday when he allowed a game-tying home run to the Blue Jays' Russell Martin.

Harris allowed a leadoff homer to Martin and was then pulled after issuing a two-out walk to Darwin Barney. It was his second straight blown save and third blown save in his last five opportunities. Harris' struggles (seven earned runs over his last 5 2/3 innings) come at a time when Ken Giles has been dominant (unscored upon in his last 14 appearances). It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Astros shake things up at the back-end of the bullpen.
Aug 2 - 12:29 AM

Will Harris suffered his second blown save of the season Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits in a loss to the Tigers.

Protecting a one-run lead, Harris got two quick outs on a groundout and a strikeout before walking Justin Upton. Three singles later, Harris had blown his second save in his last four chances. He's also allowed runs in three of his last six outings, raising his ERA to a still-strong 2.11 with a 1.03 WHIP. Despite his hiccups, Harris is still pitching well and should retain the closer role for the Astros going forward.
Jul 30 - 10:43 PM

Will Harris converted his 10th save of the season against the Angels on Friday.

Harris got the call after Lance McCullers walked back-to-back batters to begin the ninth inning. He retired the first two batters he faced before Andrelton Simmons brought the Angels within one run with an RBI single. However, Harris hung on by getting Ji-Man Choi to strike out swinging to end it. Harris has had some rocky outings recently, including his first blown save of the season on Tuesday. Fantasy owners should continue to watch Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson just in case.
Jul 23 - 12:18 AM

Will Harris was called upon to protect a three-run lead in the ninth inning but gave up four runs to blow the save while retiring only one batter.

The freshly-minted All Star was spared a loss when the Astros later came back to win. His 1.66 ERA is still sparkling, but it won't take many games like this to lose his grip on the ninth inning in Houston. The Astros have Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles ready and able to snatch the closer's job away.
Jul 9 - 12:25 AM

Will Harris struck out two in a scoreless inning against the Mariners Tuesday to earn his ninth save.

Harris allowed a hit but nothing more. The first-time All-Star has been stellar in the season's first half, owning a 0.72 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.
Jul 5 - 11:32 PM

Will Harris tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his eighth save of the season in Monday's victory over the Mariners.

Harris got Robinson Cano swinging and around that was a groundout and a flyout, as the closer needed 15 pitches to dispose of the M's in order. He's a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities since taking over as the Astros' closer.
Jul 4 - 5:14 PM

Will Harris pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his seventh save as the Astros topped the Angels 4-2 on Monday.

The ninth started with a strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Johnny Giavotella to reach. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases with no outs. Fortunately, Harris had the bottom of the Angels' order to deal with at that point and no pinch-hitters in sight. He struck out Jett Bandy and then induced a comebacker from Andrelton Simmons that turned into a 1-2-3 double play.
Jun 28 - 2:00 AM

Will Harris tallied his sixth save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' 3-2 defeat of the Angels.

Harris gave up three singles and one earned run before ending the game on a Mike Trout lineout with Houston still leading 3-2. It was only the third run allowed by Harris this season. He has a shiny 0.83 ERA and 32/6 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 total innings.
Jun 22 - 5:35 PM

Will Harris allowed a base hit in the ninth inning but slammed the door on the Cardinals to earn his fifth save.

He neither walked nor struck out any batters. The 31-year-old Harris came out of nowhere to snatch the Astros' closer job away from Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles. He may be a relative unknown but has the talent and the results to hold on to this job the rest of the season and beyond. He now has a 0.59 ERA with 31 strikeouts to only six walks in 30 2/3 innings.
Jun 15 - 11:22 PM

Will Harris threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday to earn his fourth save.

Harris bounced back from a shaky outing his last time out to retire the Cards in order. He needed just eight pitches to get the job done, including registering a strikeout. The 31-year-old has now saved four straight and owns a 0.61 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 31/6 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings on the year.
Jun 14 - 10:43 PM

Will Harris picked up his third save of the season Saturday in the Astros' 4-3 defeat of the Rays.

The right-hander walked two and allowed Logan Morrison to score on a sacrifice fly by Steven Souza, but he was able to preserve Houston's lead. Harris watched his ERA rise from 0.33 to 0.63. The horror.
Jun 11 - 7:16 PM

Asked if Will Harris is the Astros' new closer on Thursday morning, manager A.J. Hinch replied, "Get him in fantasy baseball and see what happens."

Harris earned his second save in four days Wednesday night against the Rangers and boasts a dominant 0.33 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, and 30/4 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings for the year. He can run away with the job if Hinch lets him. Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles are still worth clinging to in deeper mixed leagues for the time being, but this situation is swinging quickly in favor of the 31-year-old Harris. Another unexpected 2016 storyline.
Jun 9 - 12:44 PM

Will Harris pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Wednesday to earn a save against the Rangers and could become the unofficial Astros closer moving forward.

Luke Gregerson was recently deposed as the Astros' anointed closer, with manager A.J. Hinch professing a desire to use a closer by committee approach. Big offseason acquisition Ken Giles was expected to be the closer entering the season but quickly lost that mantle by getting blown up on a regular basis in early April. Giles pitched well in May but has been shaky lately. Harris has been sneaky good the last few seasons but had never been considered a strong candidate to close until recently. Harris has netted both of the saves since Hinch took Gregerson out of the closer role. Harris will likely get most of the save opportunities in the near future and has the strikeout rate, walk rate and 2.88 lifetime ERA to run away with the job but his leash could be short with Gregerson and Giles waiting in the wings.
Jun 9 - 1:10 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Max Stassi
1B1A.J. Reed
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Luis Valbuena
3Colin Moran
LF1Alex Bregman
2Colby Rasmus
3Tony Kemp
CF1Jake Marisnick
2Teoscar Hernandez
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Will Harris
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Pat Neshek
6Michael Feliz
7Chris Devenski
8Jandel Gustave
9James Hoyt
10Brady Rodgers
11Kevin Chapman
12David Paulino