Player News - Astros

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Evan Gattis swatted a solo home run in a pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday against Kansas City.

Gattis got loose against Royals reliever Heath Fillmyer in the bottom of the eighth, coming on as the designated hitter late to give Jose Altuve a couple of innings to rest. He has swatted eight homers with 25 RBI in 21 games in the month of June. He'll look to keep things going as the Blue Jays start their visit on Monday evening.
Jun 24 - 9:15 PM

Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a home run and four RBI in Sunday's 11-3 flushing of the Royals.

Gurriel was hitless in the opener, but he is 5-for-9 over the past two games with two doubles, two homers and five RBI. He entered Saturday's game with just two home runs through his first 60 games and doubled that total over the past two outings. He'll be sad to see the Kansas City pitching staff leaving town. Next up is a visit from the Toronto Blue Jays and his younger brother Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Jun 24 - 8:49 PM

Alex Bregman went hitless in four at-bats with a walk, a run scored and an RBI Sunday against the Royals, and he was trying everything to snap out of his funk.

Bregman also had a throwing error in the game, and was so determined to change his luck that he shaved in the middle of the 11-3 victory. Despite taking the collar at the plate, the Astros had more than enough offensive support for Gerrit Cole and the rest of the pitching staff. He is mired in a 4-for-24 (.167) slide with six strikeouts and just two extra-base hits, but he remains a solid fantasy option across the board.
Jun 24 - 8:46 PM

Gerrit Cole allowed just one earned run, two hits and three walks with eight strikeouts over five innings in a win against the Royals on Sunday.

Cole labored through the outing a little bit, needing 104 pitches to qualify for the victory. He threw 70 of the pitches for strikes, and had 12 first-pitch strikes to the 20 batters he faced. An eight-run second inning by the Astros gave him all the support he would need, however. He'll look to hit double digits in the win column when he takes the ball next Friday at Tampa Bay.
Jun 24 - 8:43 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in an interview on Astros Radio on Sunday that there's a "decent likelihood" outfield prospect Kyle Tucker will make his major league debut this summer.

It's not exactly groundbreaking stuff, as Luhnow is hardly committing to anything here. Still, Tucker is certainly looking worthy of a look-see by the big club with a .314/.382/.509 batting line, 10 home runs, 57 RBI and 13 stolen bases with Triple-A Fresno. He's been on fire in June with an absurd .415/.451/.634 batting line and has played all three outfield spots for Fresno this season. One of the top prospects in the game, Tucker is a worthy stash in redrafts even if it might be a while before we see him.
Jun 24 - 2:35 PM

Joe Smith (elbow) threw a bullpen session Sunday.

It's his first time throwing off a mound since he landed on the disabled list two and a half weeks ago with a sore right elbow. Smith should be ready to face hitters soon.
Jun 24 - 12:33 PM

Carlos Correa singled in George Springer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Astros a 4-3 win over the Royals on Saturday.

Correa also had a sac fly in the contest. He's hit .290 with four homers and 11 RBI in 16 games this month, and he's very much in the driver's seat for starting at shortstop for the AL in the All-Star Game.
Jun 23 - 11:33 PM

Lance McCullers allowed three runs in six innings and struck out nine against the Royals on Saturday.

All of the runs came on Hunter Dozier's homer in the fourth. McCullers allowed a total of four hits and walked two. He's turned in five straight quality starts.
Jun 23 - 11:30 PM

Dallas Keuchel fired six scoreless innings as part of a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.

The southpaw fanned six and walked a pair before exiting after 98 pitches. Keuchel now hasn’t allowed an earned run in back-to-back starts. This, after giving up 12 runs over 11 innings in his previous two starts. Keuchel will carry a 3.90 ERA into a start against the Blue Jays next week.
Jun 23 - 1:18 AM

Ken Giles gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Friday against the Royals.

Giles gave up a leadoff single to Adalberto Mondesi, who stole second base and would eventually come around to score on Rosell Herrera’s triple. And so, Giles continues to struggle in non-save situations. He’s given up 13 runs in 14 2/3 innings. He’s yet to allow an earned run in a save chance this year.
Jun 23 - 1:15 AM

Yoanys Quiala has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Drostanolone.

Drostanolone is an anabolic–androgenic steroid. Quiala had a 5.97 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 44/22 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings this season at Double-A Corpus Christi, so the drugs apparently weren't working very well.
Jun 22 - 3:17 PM

Astros OF prospect went 3-for-5 with a homer and a stolen base on Thursday for Triple-A Fresno.

The homer gives Tucker 10 on the season, and the stolen base is the 12th for the outfielder. The fifth selection of the 2015 draft is scorching hot with the bat, and now has his OPS up to .881 on the season. While not the fleetest of foot, Tucker is a very smart baserunner, and he should be able to steal bases at the next level. The power should carry over, too, which is why Tucker is one of the best fantasy prospects in all of baseball.
Jun 22 - 1:28 PM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 and crunched two solo home runs to lead his team over the Rays 5-1 on Wednesday.

The second baseman twice went yard against starter Nathan Eovaldi in the contest. His power bat has come alive of late although he is still well behind the pace he set the last two seasons. Everything else is right where his fantasy owners were hoping for on draft day. He leads the majors with a .347 batting average with seven home runs, 39 RBI and 49 runs scored. He has stolen 11 bases in 13 attempts.
Jun 21 - 12:01 AM

George Springer went 1-for-3 and drilled a solo home run during Wednesday's win over the Rays.

Springer, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve went back-to-back-to-back off starter Nathan Eovaldi in the sixth inning. The outfielder has been an excellent source of all-around fantasy goodness again this year. He has a .279 batting average with 15 home runs and 42 RBI through 73 games. He's chipped in five stolen bases and ranks second in the majors with 56 runs scored.
Jun 20 - 11:53 PM

Charlie Morton surrendered one unearned run through six innings and was credited with a win over the Rays on Wednesday.

He allowed just two base hits but issued four walks while fanning four in the quality start. The only run he let in came on a throwing error by first baseman Yuli Gurriel in the fourth inning. Morton has a sterling 9-1 record and 2.74 ERA after 15 starts. He's amassed 109 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings.
Jun 20 - 11:47 PM


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