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Jake Marisnick is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

Marisnick is one of the few regulars for the club who's hitting (.333/.344/.533), but he'll take a seat in this one. Colby Rasmus is covering center field, with Robbie Grossman handling left.
Apr 19 - 11:37 AM

Chris Carter did not record a hit in two at-bats in Saturday's win over the Angels.

Carter walked twice and fanned twice in the contest. He's managed just three hits in his first 36 at-bats. We've been through this dance a million times with Carter. When he's hot, his bat can almost single-handedly carry a fantasy team. And when he's not, he's almost worthless. We understand that some owners might want to jettison early on him, but we'd advise against that. The power will come eventually. Exercise patience.
Apr 18 - 11:47 PM

Dallas Keuchel pitched six innings of shutout ball in Saturday's win over the Angels.

Keuchel has been nothing short of phenomenal to start the 2015 season. After holding down the Angels, he now boasts a microscopic ERA of 0.90. He struck out seven, walked three and allowed just two hits in his six innings. If we're going to nitpick, he could be slightly more efficient, as he had already thrown 105 pitches through six frames. Still. After a stellar 2014 campaign in which he finished with a 2.93 ERA and a 146/48 K/BB ratio over 200 innings, Keuchel's come out firing. He'll try to keep up the stellar start on his road date with the A's.
Apr 18 - 11:42 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch was encouraged by Josh Fields' rehab outing Friday for Triple-A Fresno.

Hinch said Fields showed some of his "best stuff" while throwing "just north" of 20 pitches. Friday was Fields' fourth rehab outing and he's scheduled to make another appearance on Sunday. Hinch hinted that Fields could be activated at some point during the team's upcoming road trip. Fields has been out since late March with a strained groin.
Apr 18 - 8:40 PM

Brett Oberholtzer (blister) will throw live batting practice on Monday.

Oberholtzer hasn't thrown BP since getting a blister last month. If Monday goes well, the next step will be a short rehab assignment. Oberholtzer didn't set the world on fire last season (5-13, 4.39 ERA in 24 starts) but he was good enough to hold down a spot in the rotation. Veteran Roberto Hernandez could be the odd man out when Oberholtzer returns to the bigs.
Apr 18 - 4:33 PM

Jason Castro blasted his first home run of the 2015 campaign in Friday's loss to the Angels.

His solo shot off Jered Weaver in the sixth inning was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. He's off to a strong start at the dish this season, slashing .269/.406/.423, though Friday's homer produced his first RBI on the year.
Apr 17 - 11:40 PM

Roberto Hernandez racked up six strikeouts in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.

The veteran right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over his six innings of work. A major question mark heading into the season, Hernandez has posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through his first two starts. While he's unlikely to be an every week starter in mixed leagues, he could be worth a look as a spot play for Wednesday's matchup against the Mariners in Seattle.
Apr 17 - 11:37 PM

Astros recalled RHP Asher Wojciechowski from Triple-A Fresno.

Wojciechowski had just been sent down Tuesday, but he returns to replace the injured Brad Peacock (intercostal). He figures to serve as the team's fifth starter.
Apr 17 - 3:51 PM

Astros placed RHP Brad Peacock on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a left intercostal strain.

Peacock just came off the DL from hip surgery to make a start Tuesday and is now back on it. Asher Wojciechowski has taken his roster and rotation spot.
Apr 17 - 3:49 PM

Collin McHugh fanned 11 while allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a victory over the A's.

McHugh finished one shy of his career high in strikeouts. Though he didn't walk anyone, it still took him 102 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings, preventing him from working deeper into the game and perhaps adding to his strikeout total. Still, it was another fine outing for the AL's best rookie starter from 2014. He's 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA.
Apr 15 - 11:51 PM

Jed Lowrie homered, doubled, drove in three runs and walked Wednesday against the A's.

Lowrie just likes punishing his old teams, apparently. Playing for Oakland, he hit .369/.432/.538 with two homers against the Astros last year. Incredibly, the homer off Drew Pomeranz tonight was his third in just six at-bats against left-handed pitchers. Between 2013 and 2014, he had two homers in 345 at-bats versus southpaws.
Apr 15 - 11:45 PM

Chris Carter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Athletics on Wednesday.

This is beginning to shape up like the first half of 2014 for Carter. He is 2-for-30 with no RBI and a 13/2 K/BB ratio so far. The Astros won't start sitting him, but they may drop him some in the lineup.
Apr 15 - 11:36 PM

Astros prospect Carlos Correa went deep for his first home run of 2015 Tuesday in a loss to Double-A Tulsa.

Correa is off to a nice start, hitting .308 with nine RBI in his first 26 at-bats. He put on some weight this offseason, which could boost his power numbers. The ultra-conservative Astros are hoping to keep Correa under team control for as long as possible and are unlikely to start his service clock until he's absolutely ready. The 20-year-old shouldn't see big league action until 2016 at the earliest.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 15 - 4:18 PM

Astros prospect Preston Tucker smashed two homers Tuesday in a win over Triple-A Salt Lake.

Four of Tucker's seven hits this year have gone for extra bases. Tucker flexed his power muscles across two minor league levels last season, finishing the year with 24 HR, 94 RBI and a .282 average in 536 at-bats. Colby Rasmus is on a one-year contract, so the left field job in Houston could be Tucker's next year if he keeps this up.
Apr 15 - 2:06 PM

George Springer was hitless with a walk in five plate appearances as the Astros fell 4-0 to the Athletics on Tuesday.

Springer struck out once, as he's now struck out in each of the eight games in which he has appeared to begin the season. In total, he's struck out 13 times in 35 plate appearances. Springer is also batting just .133 with one extra-base hit, a double. Springer has big time power, but his propensity to swing and miss will be a detriment to his value.
Apr 14 - 11:28 PM

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